NEET unemployment remains a priority for both Government and Local Authorities as young people who fail to attain a good education or make early connections to the labour market:
While the government has increased the age to which all young people in England must continue in education or training (now aged 17, and from 2015 to age 18) this doesn't address the problem of how we transition young people from school to work in an effective and efficient way.
Kaonix Solutions Limited has developed a number of tools to help tackle this issue by helping young people not only to decide what type of employment interests them but also to identify current opportunities in their local area quickly and easily.
If individuals are diverted away from the criminal justice system and into employment, they become positive contributors to their local area and taxpayers not recipients of tax spending. Employment can offer a route out of re-offending, but without a concerted effort by employers to welcome them, many people who have experienced the criminal justice system won't make it to interview let alone into work.
With 85,000 people in prison in the UK today, and 17% of the UK population aged 18-52 with a criminal conviction more serious than a driving offence, it’s vital that recruiters and employers support ex-offenders.
Kaonix is working with a number of organisations involved in the rehabilitation of offenders to prepare them for the world of employment while they are still in custody.
This solution helps reduce the impact of offending:
To society - each re-offending ex-prisoner potentially costs the criminal justice system alone an average of £65,000. Less re-offending also means less crime and fewer victims, creating safer and happier local communities.
To individuals – ex-offenders often have experience of the statutory care system and homelessness. Employment offers the opportunity to leave their previous experiences behind and build skills, confidence and motivation.
To business - Businesses recognise the value of reaching and retaining talent. When businesses don't consider skills and abilities over and above criminal convictions, they are missing out on valuable talent. They can also develop their own employees through volunteering opportunities and by acting on a significant social issue, businesses can create a very distinctive, high-profile commitment that echoes their responsible approach.
Local authorities and private landlords are therefore taking an increasingly proactive approach in developing supportive relationships with their tenants, including work-related activity to move people into employment, provision of financial and debt advice and wider service delivery.
A number of Housing Associations and Councils have already set up specialist employment, support and training teams who are committed to giving their residents the best chance of success, offering a range of practical employment and training programmes to help to boost confidence, self-esteem and presentation skills, all of which are essential in the modern world of employment.
The training typically covers a whole range of skills, accredited and non-accredited courses and is supported by Kaonix’s software tools as follows:
It is also used by the Employer Engagement teams to identify local businesses who may be able to offer tenants work placements, apprenticeships, voluntary opportunities or full/part-time work.
Feed-back and creative input from a number of the leading welfare to work providers including CDG, Avanta and Shaw-Trust, enabled us to develop an enhanced system “w2w” which was launched in 2011. We now have over 100 organisations using the system from work programme primes to colleges, local authorities, training providers, county councils, housing associations, social enterprises and charities, in fact anyone in the business of helping people back into sustainable employment.
The system can be fully branded and either used as a stand-alone web-based tool or integrated with an existing CRM/CMS.
The main benefits of the system are: