Right people, right now

Get the right people, right now

As an employer, we recognise your priorities are to have the job done well and on time. We can make the job of finding the right employee easy for you. At Corrections, we work with offenders to get them work ready with the training, skills and qualifications you need to fill your vacancies – it’s that simple.

“Over the past 10 years I have hired four offenders to work in my company. As long as they are reliable and approachable and do the job they’re hired for, their background doesn’t worry me. I treat them the same as any other applicant – one employee has crane skills as good as mine!”

Dan Munro, Operations Manager, Enterprise Steel, Auckland

Take a second look

There are many ideas floating around about employing people with convictions. Here are a few of the common myths and the facts.

Myth Fact
Once a criminal, always a criminal; leopards never change their spots. Research here and overseas shows that people who work in a regular job after they’ve been to prison or served a community sentence are less likely to re-offend.
If word gets out that I employ people who have committed an offence, I’ll lose customers. Fear of damage to reputation means that few organisations publicise that they employ people with convictions. However, experience here and overseas shows that the reverse can be true. Promoting the fact that your business stands for fairness, equality, and community cohesion can have positive effects on your corporate reputation.
Employing people with a conviction will make your workplace unsafe. Most employers find that employing people with convictions doesn’t have a negative effect on their workplace or other staff.
Rehabilitating offenders doesn’t work. There’s plenty of evidence that prison and community programmes that address the underlying causes of offending can have very positive results, especially when participants have the support of family/whänau, and friends. Regular employment is considered to be one of the key factors in helping people who have been convicted of an offence to turn their lives around.
There is no in-work support available for employers or job seekers. Where required we can provide support either through the prison, probation or a third party service provider.


Why call us?

There are many benefits to using us to fill your vacancies or skill shortages:

  • It’s easy – you’ll get people with the right skills, motivation, training and qualifications.
  • It saves you time and money – no recruitment agencies or advertising needed!
  • You will help to improve an individual’s wellbeing, self-worth, and responsibility.
  • You will help to reduce re-offending and make your community safer.

Our job seekers

Our job seekers come from all walks of life. Some already have skills and training which we develop and expand on, and some we provide with the opportunity to gain new skills and qualifications that are in demand with employers. Support services may be available in your area.

Our approach

We have many initiatives in place to improve the employment potential of the people who pass through the prison and community probation system each year, and are always increasing the number of rehabilitation programmes, skills training and qualifications our job seekers have access to.

Education:

Our skilled and qualified employment instructors work together with tertiary providers and industry training organisations to deliver both classroom based and on-the-job practical training to prepare our job seekers for employment and day-to-day life.

On the Job Training:

We operate over 140 business-like industries in prisons across the country, which allows people an opportunity to gain hands on experience in working in a wide range of industries including construction, manufacturing, farming, forestry,horticulture and services. Our Release to Work scheme provides employers with workers who have demonstrated a strong work ethic and who are temporarily released during the day to work in ordinary jobs in the community.

Work Preparation:

We run modules which are focused on preparing people for work, and includes modules on workplace and communication skills, and financial and computer literacy.

Assess Training/Rehabilitation Work Placement
Skills Skills Support
Learning Qualifications Job Club, CV
Attitudes Release to Work

 

Up to 70% of prisoners have difficulty reading and writing. We provide essential literacy and numeracy skills as part of our training programmes. An increasing number go on to achieve nationally recognised qualifications, such as the Level 2 National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (BCATS).

“We have worked with Corrections for a number of years. Our experience to date has been beneficial to everyone involved. The offender has fitted in to our team well and is proving to be a very conscientious and productive team member. The training Corrections provides is of good quality, and they also vet prospective employees so we get the right people for the job.”

Alistair Dore, Clelands Group of Companies

It’s all about you

We can provide you with people who have the skills you need, when you need them.

We will:

  • Deliver training to meet your needs.
  • Provide you with staff with on-the job-experience, nationally recognised NZQA based training and education programmes.
  • Support job-seekers in prisons and community corrections sites to help them find jobs that match their skills, and your needs.
  • Carry out projects of importance to local communities on request.
  • Provide Release to Work job seekers with an aim to permanently fill positions on release.

Support

As well as supporting your new staff member and their family, we will continue to offer support and guidance to you as the employer. You can contact us at anytime! Anyone that we recommend to you will come with full disclosure – you will not have to guess about their conviction and you will get to hear the person’s story directly from them.

What now?

We expect you will have questions about the process works; we are happy to answer any questions you might have, and even invite you along to see some how we get our people work ready.

To talk to us contact your nearest Corrections Regional Office.

Northern Regional Office
PO Box 11612, Ellerslie
Auckland 1542
Central Corporate Park Centre,
666 Great South Road, Auckland 1061

(09) 306 8350

Central Regional Office
PO Box 9343, Waikato Mail Centre,
Hamilton 3240
Monckton Trust Building, Level 1,
73 Rostrevor St, Hamilton 3240

(07) 839 7560

Lower North Regional Office
Private Box 1206,
Wellington 6140
Mayfair House, 44-52 The Terrace,
Wellington 6011

(04) 460 3000

Southern Regional Office
Private Bag 327,
Christchurch
72 St Asaph Street,
Christchurch

(03) 363 4400