3SC Chief Executive Martyn Oliver's statement for February
Our plans in Wales are continuing to progress well and our reach is ever expanding, this is evidence by the number of employers signing up to Jobs Growth Wales. So far we have over 350 employers registered and the trend is for each employer to recruit more than one person. One of our recent employers said: “We have found there is a wealth of creativity and enthusiasm waiting to be unleashed, we cannot leave this to go to waste. Employers are missing a trick if they do not see the value and the potential they can fulfil.”
In February and March 3SC has been/will be attending MoJ organised events across England and Wales to brief tier 1 prime bidders. At these events leaders for the local PCC’s office, probation, police, prison, health and local authority community safety partnership describe what works well in their patch, what is starting to reduce reoffending and where they feel future focus should be applied. The key message from these sessions is make the TR bid solution (to be submitted in June) bespoke and as local as possible to the CPA.
3SC are delighted to have won the Intraining cup for the highest performing supply chain provider for the quarter on our West Midlands DWP Work Programme contract.
The MoJ’s Transforming Rehabilitation (TR) competition has really started to get busy in the last month and it’s about to get even busier. We all know which tier 1 bidders are linked to which CPAs and the tier 1 bidders now have all the data and competition requirements for their best and final offers to be submitted around June/July. The MoJ has been introducing the tier 1 bidders to each of the CPA partners (PCCs, prisons, Local Authorities, etc) and the VCSE will also get a chance to meet the tier 1 bidders.
3SC is delighted to have won a new Contract with Bridgend County Borough Council, working with their Communities First teams to support 90 NEETs and 90 Older people, living in the local communities.
You may remember we recently featured Ten Green Bottles in our update. This company is an innovative, creative recycling company that offer beautiful glass products. As a social enterprise, people and the community are important to them and 3SC has been delighted to match their recruitment needs with Job Growth Wales Employees. We spoke to two young people that had recently started as a result of the Job Growth Wales Scheme:
Delivery Organisations of the Month - The British Institute of Learning Disabilities , Dyslexia Action and The National Autistic Society
In February 2013, 3SC were commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to improve support for offenders with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD). 3SC are delighted to be working with the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Dyslexia Action and the National Autistic Society to identify good practice in the delivery of interventions for professionals working in the Criminal Justice System. This is a real team effort so we wanted to recognise all three delivery organisations this month.
Whilst there is no quantification of the number of people with LDD in the criminal justice system, there are consistent reports of a significant proportion of offenders with low levels of literacy, numeracy and people with English as a second language.