IT firm is a new partner in crime (prevention)

Jason Cumine of Steria and Tessa Webb from Hertfordshire Probation Trust sign a partnership agreement, in the presence of Martin Scott and Eloise Boyd, of Steria, and Doug Hook of Hertfordshire Probation

Jason Cumine of Steria and Tessa Webb from Hertfordshire Probation Trust sign a partnership agreement, in the presence of Martin Scott and Eloise Boyd, of Steria, and Doug Hook of Hertfordshire Probation

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A GLOBAL IT company has signed a partnership agreement with Hertfordshire Probation Trust, which could eventually lead to offenders gaining work experience and IT training.

Steria employs 20,000 people in 16 countries and has its UK headquarters in Three Cherry Trees Lane, Hemel Hempstead.

The partnership agreement was signed in Hemel Hempstead and is an indication that the public sector is working ever more closely with the private sector.

Jason Cumine, client director at Steria UK, said: “Our partnership agreement with Hertfordshire Probation is part of our national strategic relationship right across the probation service.

“Our innovative work with the Trust builds on our 16 years’ experience of working in probation and with police forces nationally.”

Steria provides Hertfordshire Probation’s IT systems as part of a national contract it holds with the Ministry of Justice,

The agreement will include sponsorship of Hertfordshire Probation’s second Offender Achievement Awards, in Stevenage, next year.

This follows its successful sponsorship of the first annual awards ceremony in March this year, when Steria presented a prize to the winner of the Best IT Story Award.

Since then Steria staff have given the award-winner a laptop and helped with setting up a website so she can set up a dress-making business.

Tessa Webb, chief executive of Hertfordshire Probation Trust, said: “This agreement is a really positive development and translates into words the growing partnership between our two businesses.

She added: “The agreement provides a great opportunity for shared learning on public and private sector collaboration.

“Such collaborations are without doubt the way of the future, and I’m keen to hear from any other local businesses who share our ambition to change offenders into successful law abiding citizens in Hertfordshire and are interested in working with us.”