Basic work and living skills training

Basic work and living skills training involves everyday skills that offenders need to successfully return to their community, live an offence free life, and help them to find and keep a job.

Before beginning training, offenders are first assessed to see if they are suitable candidates.

Types of basic skills taught include:

  • basic job skills (computer skills, CV writing skills etc)
  • cooking
  • driving
  • parenting
  • budgeting
  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • Tikanga Maori programmes
  • alcohol, drug and gambling education.

Community work and training

Some offenders sentenced to over 80 hours of community work may be allowed to convert up to 20 percent of their community work hours into skills training.

Offenders must complete all the agreed skills training hours satisfactorily - otherwise all of their sentenced community work hours will still have to be worked.