We Deliver

The CFO3 contract is a social inclusion project targeting offenders with multiple barriers in addition to their ETE needs e.g. accommodation, substance misuse and issues with mental/physical health.

Targeting the hardest to help offenders ensures that those who are not currently able to access mainstream provision can be supported to return to the labour market.

In addition to this core cohort, Achieve have 4 dedicated sub-projects. These are designed to target some of the most disadvantaged and include:

  1. Women with significant drug & alcohol misuse issues
  2. Men & Women with significant mental health needs
  3. Older offenders, including those reintegrating following longer prison sentences
  4. Vulnerable Women, including those at risk of self-harm/suicide or suffering domestic abuse

We also work with Youth Services to support young offenders aged 16 – 18 years to improve their employment prospects.

Delivery is supported by our partnership with 10 sub-contractors and a range of other suppliers who offer participants a variety of specialist interventions. To find out more about them, please visit or our ‘’Sub-contractors’’ page.


Achieve is a wholly owned subsidiary of Career Connect delivering the HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation/European Social Fund Project; ‘’CFO3’’ across the country which commenced in July 2015 and will run until August 2023.

The CFO3 project is receiving up to £ 28,669,316 of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, European Social Fund funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, skills development, job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

The Achieve Team

Our award winning team of staff, has a proven track record of delivering HMPPS ESF programmes since 2010 with great success. Our dedicated Case Managers, partners and sub-contractors, provide specialist services in offender focussed education, training, employment (ETE) and social inclusion.

Achieve brings together diverse knowledge and years of experience in both the management of offenders and the ETE field. Expertise from Probation Officers, Recruitment Consultants, Trainers, Teachers and those who have worked in industry for many years, ensures Achieve can accommodate all aspects of employment related offender support.