The Achieve North West project provides support to unemployed offenders by offering access to training and learning as well as teaching skills to improve employment prospects.


Achieve case managers work with people on an individual basis to:


  • Assess skills, training and educational needs
  • Help with access to education and training
  • Advise on interview techniques and CV writing
  • Assist with job searching and filling in application forms
  • Give advice on how to disclose information about a conviction
  • Offer mentor support


Working in partnership with a wide range of organisations such as our sub contractors, local colleges, charities and training providers, we offer tailored programmes to improve each individual’s employability. The programme is designed to bridge the gap between offenders and existing mainstream education, skills and employment services. Funded by NOMS and the European Social Fund, Achieve has supported thousands of people since it began in 2010. As a result, more than 500 offenders under supervision have secured a job and more than 1,000 have accessed further education or training.


We have good links with a number of local education providers to help offenders access apprenticeships, training programmes and job brokerage. In Cumbria, for example, we work with The Lakes College to provide employability courses for those awaiting release from HMP Haverigg. While in Lancashire, our partner Recycling Lives delivers an NVQ in Recycling Operations, the fork lift truck licence and employment opportunities for Achieve participants.


To find out more, contact Lynda Booth or Annette Nixon respectively on tel:- 01772 201209 / 03000 473950, or email /

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