The Work Wise programme is an Employability programme designed to improve offenders' ability to gain and sustain employment. The programme integrates problem solving and other employability related cognitive skills with the development of employment related soft skills.
The course content is based on the model of change which identifies the factors research has shown to be linked to employability and offending.
The programme is ten two hour sessions in duration which concludes with the individual developing their own personal development plan.
The components within the programme look at:
- Motivation to gain and sustain work -
This is conceptualised in terms of importance and self-efficacy. Sessions work on increasing how important participants feel it is to get and sustain work, and how confident they feel that they can achieve this.
- Pro-work attitudes and beliefs -
The programme addresses the need to develop meaningful attitudes towards work which contributes to the individual's motivation to gain or sustain work.
- Employment related cognitive skills -
There are a number of exercises which assist the participants' understanding of the value of cognitive skills, and how they can be used effectively within the work setting.
- Employment related skills -
Participants are given a number of opportunities to practice and develop key learning points in the context of 'real life' assessment exercises. Such exercises expose the individuals to ways of gaining employment other than informal networks.
- Contributory risk factors -
Accommodation, financial issues, lifestyle and education and training have been shown to link with employability problems and contribute to future risk. The direct treatment of these factors is outside the scope of this particular programme, however the initial sessions enable participants to identify contributory risk factors. As the course progresses the offender is encouraged to look at ways of managing these issues.
Work Wise is managed by Mendas Ltd