The pathway to employment

Case Managers in prison and 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.

Our prisons offer pre-employment training, practical experience and qualifications, for example in horticulture, carpentry and construction, agriculture, painting and catering. Working prison’s engage prisoners in activities, including treatment, learning, industry and other programmes in preparation for release and reintegration.

When someone is released from prison they must comply with any conditions imposed on them by the Court or the New Zealand Parole Board. Our top priority is public safety and their compliance with these conditions is monitored by probation officers. 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

View a map of Offender Recruitment Consultants PDF, 222.3 KB by region.