Project information

Chac on the Job training

The project provides training & employment support for young people at risk and prisoners from resettlement prisons due to be released shortly into their communities. This did not only reduce offending but helped so far 1150 beneficiaries to gain sustainable employment & improve their life quality .

January 2016 - December 2018

Charity information

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  • Need


    The Project provide employment training , help , support and guidance for prisoners from local resettlement prisons who are coming near to the end of their sentence and due to be Released shortly into the community and for young People at Risk of Offending .This project didnot only reduce offending but helped so far 820 beneficiaries to gain sustainable employment
    and improve their quality of life .


    By empowering such individuals through real responsible work serving the local community advising them about their statutory rights, all range of welfare housing and debt and further progressing them to do case working advocacy and representations for their clients we would aim to build up their self-worth, boost their confidence, give them skills needed in the local and national labour market and thus full time employment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Targeting this service to this hard to reachclient group.


    » Detailed consultation and involvement of local prisons and probation officers, prisoner personal officers, and other local partners .
    » taking into consideration feed back from prisoners and young people themselves.

    Success will be...150 hard to reach adults who are not supported
    nor engaged by mainstream will join the program over the next three years

    Aim 2

    Removing barriers to training and employment


    » through empathy and perseverance in building up the confidences and abilities of our beneficiaries in a non-threatening environment.
    » Awareness training, model of action planning, peer group influence, appropriate rewards, and full participation in the decision process.
    » Overcoming any literacy and numeracy problems. and Provide Comprehensive ICT & Advocacy training by external and internal tutors.

    Success will be...95% overcame their barriers and continually applying for suitable employment and ready to attend interviews

    Aim 3

    Encouragement and help to apply for paid employment.


    » supplying first employment reference and post employment support.
    » Subsidising unaffordable cost such as transport and childcare.
    » Helping with any debt, housing and other welfare problems

    Success will be...70% to progress into sustainable employment
    (I.e. still in employment at 6 months).

    Aim 4

    Private sector participation in offering full time or part time employment


    » To foster close working relationships and visits to private sector in the area to maintain the flow of employment for beneficiaries

    Success will be...50 to 70 local private sector businesses will consider our beneficiaries for employment .

  • Impact


    In the last 15 years over 970 beneficiaries have left CHAC to enter paid employment 71% of prisoners carried out their resettlement
    program with CHAC gained full time employment and not reverted to crime, 78% of young people at risk gained full or part time employment or started further education programs. This reduces call on health and social services , resources are freed and can be
    redirected and the person has greater power as a consume to improve his or her quality of life.


    CHAC is quality marked by the LSC & licensed by advice UK to provide its service to the public .It has a health & safety & risks policies and operational risks management system which is monitored & evaluated externally & internally. It has a well-developed set of financial procedures and internal control system to minimize the risk of cash flow problems, the charity work closely with partner organization to provide effective utilizations of resources and to reduce operational risks


    Funders of this project will receive a 12 monthly report by post or e-mail on the project detailing , how funding was spent , soft and hard outcomes , 2 relevant case studies , ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £270,137

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      Amount Heading Description
      £122,235 Staff Costs to 31/12/2018 , 2 full time & 6 volunteers
      £103,950 Beneficiaries Examination fees, Child care , External tutors , travel subsides , ICT
      £43,952 Other Costs Running Costs ( Rent, rates , power , ..etc)

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    J Paul Getty Jr Trust £55,000 Guaranteed
    EsmĂ©e £20,000 Guaranteed
    ESF £17,000 Guaranteed
    A & B Charity £20,000 Guaranteed
    Garfield Weston £25,000 Guaranteed
    Henry Smith £25,000 Guaranteed
    6 Small grants totalling £19,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project is based in Middlesbrough and located near one of the largest resettlement prisons in the UK, HM Prison Kirklevington
    Grange with 380 inmates’ capacity, and catchment area covering the whole of NE.


    The key beneficiaries of CHAC on the job training are individuals who are excluded from The labour market because of: -
    -Unsatisfactory experiences or poor education.
    -Stigma of being an ex-offender.
    -Under rehabilitation from drugs.
    -Recently or about to be released from young offenders institutes or prisons.
    -Under social care or ASBO
    -Failing to progress within other training providers programmes.
    -Under 25s and those who are not working nor engaged by mainstream

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    To date the project helped 1050 prisoners and young people at risk in which 70% gained sustainable employment. Therefore has significant experience of the barriers beneficiaries face in terms of employment & training and in managing all the resources required to achieve this imperative outcomes.The project has a high profile amongst priority customer groups/ targeted communities because of its tangible outcomes and its integrated cooperation with all agencies working with the target groups.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Michael Cunningham

    Mick is the is the original architect of this project, as a team leader he brings experience, dedication & inspiration to all of us in this project

    The Project Team

    The team consists of 5 Trustees & 20 staff and volunteers, each plays an important role and contribute directly to this project excellent outcomes