Career Connect

As part of our series reflecting on the success of our Achieve CFO3 contract, we look at how our partnership with Back on Track helped John into a new career.

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John was referred to Back on Track through his Achieve Case Manager. He had a range of skills and had supported other people whilst in custody.

He was motivated to pursue a career where he could use his lived experience to help others.

His mentoring sessions with the Back on Track Achieve Coordinator started by setting realistic goals, including how to gain more community experience in peer support.

Starting a new role

John began a role as an Information Advice and Guidance Volunteer on a Back on Track employability course. Being keen to further his skills, he was supported with access to a Counselling Level 3 course, which he completed alongside his volunteering.

Following several unsuccessful applications for support worker roles John worked with his Achieve Case Manager to maintain his motivation and resilience. His Back on Track Coordinator brokered a job opportunity for John as a violence reduction practitioner and, following interview preparation and a successful interview, he was offered the job.

Getting Back on Track

The skills and confidence he gained during his 16 months with Back on Track led John into a career about which he is extremely passionate. He has been in the role for over six months and was a guest at a Back On Track end of term event where he received a Back on Track award and shared his experience to help motivate others.

Latest Official Figures

The Ministry of Justice’s Justice Data Lab released its sixth analysis of Reoffending behaviour after support from HMPPS CFO last month.  The analysis states: “The overall results show that men who took part in the programme in the community were less likely to reoffend, reoffended less frequently and took longer to reoffend than those who did not take part.”

It also states that the analysis provides evidence that support from HMPPS CFO3 may:

  • decrease the number of proven reoffenders during a one-year period.
  • decrease the number of proven reoffences committed during a one-year period by its participants.
  • lengthen the average time to first proven reoffence for its participants.

Read the MoJ’s Justice Data Lab analysis HERE and a review of the report by researcher, consultant and writer Russell Webster at

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