About the Aeneid Project

In October 2015, Nacro launched the Aeneid Project, an ambitious, unique and groundbreaking employer-focused initiative. It aims to strengthen communities and positively change individuals’ lives at the same time as addressing employers’ chronic skills shortages.

The Aeneid Project does this by working in partnership with key stakeholders to increase and improve the education, training and employment opportunities for work ready, motivated members of the local community who have criminal records. It also works to upskill practitioners, such as probation officers and work coaches, and to provide local employers, educational establishments and other organisations with the required resources, support and expert training they need to confidently access this vast potential talent pool of approximately 10 million people.

What we deliver

  • Nacro delivers workshop sessions on Recruiting safely and fairly at employer events, breakfast briefings and business seminars. These events are generally attended by key HR and CSR professionals with responsibility for recruitment and retention, equality and diversity matters, or in-house counsel, as well as key representatives from local authorities, The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the prison and probation services, the youth offending service, community safety teams, MPs, Police Crime Commissioners and other partner agencies.
  • Nacro attends key meetings with relevant stakeholders – including local authorities, local and national government representatives such as DWP and the Ministry of Justice – to devise and implement local, regional and national strategies with the aim of raising awareness and involvement in the project and the focused support that they can access from the Employer Advice Service.
  • We deliver, in partnership with specialists, a tailored training programme for ex-offenders which supports them to move forward towards economic self-sufficiency. Firstly, it supports them to get psychologically more resilient. Participants are then provided with valuable skills, specific training and work experience/trials with local employers from various sectors. They receive tailored one-to-one sessions, advocacy and after care support (where necessary), delivered by a dedicated adviser/mentor who continues to support them to achieve their ultimate goal of getting a job and keeping it.

The Aeneid Project has been successfully delivered in Luton, Bedford and St Albans, and is expanding to Manchester and other areas in 2017.

Get involved

To find out more about the Aeneid Project, please contact 0845 600 3194 or email: employeradvice@nacro.org.uk.

Learn more about the work Nacro does in Manchester here.