Commissioner visits North West project

Mon, 31/10/2011

On Thursday 20 October 2011 Commissioner László Andor the European Commission member with responsibility for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion visited Manchester to view the ''Back on Track'' project to witness how offenders on probation supervision are learning skills to get them back into work. This is the first visit of its kind by the Commission to a National Offender Management Service (NOMS) European Social Fund co-financed project.

The co-financed employment programme is targeting £140 million on providing additional support for offenders within the prison and probation systems with the explicit aim to reduce re-offending rates.

Delivery commenced across England in January 2009 and will continue until December 2014. The programme provides a range of employment and education activities that complement existing provision in prisons and probation, as well as mainstream employment programmes delivered through Jobcentre Plus and the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS).

Commissioner Andor met representatives from ESFi Division, NOMS Co-financingi Organisation, North-West Probation Trusts and the Back on Track project.

Back on Track is a partner of the ACHIEVE North West project. ACHIEVE North West provides services to improve the employment prospects of offenders under probation supervision. It is run in five probation trusts (Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire) and in ten prisons in the North West. It is designed to bridge the gap between offenders and mainstream education, training and employment services.For further information about this story please visit: Commissioner visits North West project