What is WorkAbility?
WorkAbility is a new HACRO initiative for supporting ex-offender employment and reducing their likelihood of re-offending.
It is a partnership between the public sector (National Probation Service), private sector (BeNCH CRC), and voluntary sectors. Charity partners are WEA – the UK’s largest voluntary sector adult education provider in England and Scotland; Emmaus St Albans – a charity providing formerly homeless people with a safe home environment and opportunities for ex-offender employment and HACRO – the Hertfordshire charity for care and resettlement of offenders.
HACRO is very grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire who has provided a grant supporting the WorkAbility Pilot Project, and to Hertfordshire County Council for
What does HACRO WorkAbility do?
We know that ex-offenders in work are much less likely to re-offend. But ex-offenders must be
WorkAbility aims to do two things:
- Improve the work-readiness of offenders through training as part of their sentence in the community.
- Work with local Hertfordshire employers to increase their readiness to employ ex-offenders. We hope to persuade a number of employers to offer work experience placements to our
trainees,so that employers get an extended opportunity to assess the trainee and their suitability for a job vacancy.
Summing up WorkAbility, Yasmin Batliwala, President of HACRO, said, “Supporting employment for ex-offenders is one of HACRO’s key