Apex Charitable Trust provides opportunities for unemployed people with a criminal record residing on Merseyside.
The projects addresses problems of lack of engagement within education, training and employment.
The people we help face many barriers which include long term unemployment, exclusions due to criminal conviction(s), poor housing/homelessness, debt, drug/alcohol addictions or they may be in recovery, poor education and poor work history.
Our work entails in-depth sessions in many areas which covers risk assessment and drawing up an action plan to highlight general ability and training needs.
We identify strengths, weakness and transferable core skills.
We provide assistance with CV writing and completing application forms for jobs or courses.
Our programme ensures our participants understanding of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, Disclosure & Barring Service and disclosure of convictions to an employer.
Our follow up work includes ongoing specialist supportive job search and signposting to partner agencies providing other rehabilitative services.
We provide advocacy to Education Training and Employment (ETE) opportunities; and we give unbiased specialist offender ETE advice and guidance.
Our delivery staff utilise the 'The Rickter Scale' assessment, which is a self-evaluation tool for us to monitor our clients' progression and soft outcomes.
These interventions ensure that our project participants gain improved ETE outcomes, increased self-confidence and self-reliance.
Apex services delivers professional support for the achievement of our participants individual action plan priorities.
Apex provides an information, advice and guidance service on a one to one basis with unemployed offenders, supporting them in achieving their goals.
Starting work……..stopping crime
'Fewer and fewer young people are committing crimes, but there are still too many young people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. In particular, too many young people are re-offending. 73% of young people released from custody re-offend within a year. Young offenders need education and training to enable them to return to school or college or find employment, but too many lack basic skills'
Ministry of Justice - Crime and policing - April 2013