Offender employment

Being employed can provide structure, a stable income for offenders and their whanau and raise self-esteem.

International evidence suggests there is a link between employment and lower rates of re-offending. Stability and quality of employment, along with the level of satisfaction experienced, are closely linked with lower rates of reoffending.

Probation Officers in the community meet with offenders regularly during their sentence to address the cause of offending and support them to progress. Offenders are provided with rehabilitation programmes, education and job training that will turn their lives around and break the cycle of re-offending.

Offenders motivated to find work upon release or while serving sentence in the community can opt in to a recruitment service provided by the Department's Offender Recruitment Consultant (ORC).

How ORCs assist jobseekers

ORCs spend one on one time with jobseekers to assess what support, training or assistance they need that will be required to strengthen their transition into work. ORCs match the skills and qualifications of our jobseeker to work vacancies with our employment partners.

Our service for Jobseekers:

  • Needs assessment including Whanau and community support
  • Access to Education and Training
  • CV and interview preparation
  • Job/Skills matching
  • Individually tailored support network

To learn more about supporting offenders into employment please email employerpartners@corrections.govt.nz OR call our Employment Services team on (04) 462 8347.