At Nacro, we know how people can turn their lives around with the right encouragement and support. To create the best possible solutions, we work in partnership with individuals and organisations across the UK. But there are other sources of help, too. Below is a list of organisations that actively help people with criminal convictions to find permanent jobs, apprenticeships and work placements. You will understand that we cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information, so we encourage you to contact the organisation directly for more details.
Ban the Box employers
Business in the Community (BITC) runs a campaign called Ban the Box which is supported by Nacro and other organisations. It encourages employers to consider applicants’ skills and abilities before asking for a criminal record declaration. Employers who sign up to the campaign are committed to offering fair opportunities to ex-offenders who apply for their jobs.
BITC Get Ready
Provides early opportunities for people who have experienced homelessness to engage with work.
BITC Ready for Work
Through Ready for Work, businesses support disadvantaged groups to gain and sustain employment, making a long-term difference to many people’s lives.
Building Heroes (BHEF)
A newly founded charity which trains and employs young people and service leavers in construction and horticulture.
This leading social care charity providing services to people with a wide range of support needs.
Offer people with convictions the hope of a better future by finding sustainable employment.
A social enterprise which only employs ex-offenders. Due to the nature of the work Blue Sky offers, they cannot accept job applications from people with unspent convictions for sexual offences.
Fine Cell Work
This charity trains serving prisoners in textiles and provides post-release training and employment support through a community programme, Open the Gates.
First Step Trust
First Step Trust specialises in creating employment opportunities for disadvantaged people who want to get into employment. It offers work placements to those with mental health problems or other disadvantages, including drug and alcohol recovery problems or a history of offending.
Delivers vocational training and employment support throughout the UK to offenders and ex-offenders.
Specialises in educating and supporting ex-offenders and vulnerable young adults aged from 14 to 24 across the West Midlands.
Focuses on the needs of the majority of offenders and ensuring ex-offenders can apply for employment. HR professionals partner with the site. Supply chain for the Rehabilitation Programme.
Sports 4 Life
Sport 4 Life deliver sports-themed employability programmes for NEET young people aged 16-25 from Birmingham. The programme consists of sports sessions, one-to-one mentoring, sports qualifications, employability workshops, and work experience opportunities.
The Footprints Project
The Footprints Project mentors men and women who are leaving prison or serving a community sentence in the Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire area. The mentors guide and support their clients in exploring their employment and training prospects.
The Hospice of St Francis
The Hospice of St Francis supports patients and their families when they are faced with a life-limiting illness. In order to make this possible, a host of volunteers work in the community and in the Hospice itself. We are hoping to offer those with a history of offending an opportunity to join this volunteer team, gaining skills and experience along the way and improving their chances of future employment. We are a local charity in West Herts, with nine trading units across the area. These trading units provide the ideal opportunity for individuals to gain experience whilst boosting their CV, in a supported environment.
A London-based charity that supports female ex-offenders to find work with employers around the capital.
Young Women’s Trust – Work It Out
Work It Out works with young women aged 18-30 providing free personalised telephone and online coaching on job applications and CV support. Tel: 0808 808 8099.
Adnams is a Adnams is a regional brewery founded in 1872 in Southwold, Suffolk, England. They have banned the box for all roles including those regulated by theFinancial Conduct Authority. Where required, and in
particular for regulated roles, Adnams would ask candidates about their criminal convictions once an offer of employment has been made.
Alderman’s is South West’s leading quality metalwork manufacturers. As sub-contract engineers they provide businesses in Plymouth, Devon and throughout the region. Their services include precision turning, pressed components and sheet metal parts. Aldermans does not ask about convictions until candidates have been shortlisted. They offer the opportunity for disclosure at the final interview stage.
Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy LLP is an international law firm, advising national and multinational corporations, financial institutions, and governments. They are a Ban the Box employer, where job applicants are only asked about criminal convictions at the point at which they are offered a job. That said, some roles are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales, and will have had a criminal record check prior to applying for a role.
Amey works for the public and regulated sectors in the United Kingdom, selling services including highways and rail management and maintenance, facilities management, waste collection and treatment provision of utilities services as well as consultancy services. Amey is a Ban the Box Employer that do not ask about criminal convictions at any stage in their recruitment process for the majority of roles. Amey conduct criminal record checks for regulated roles where there is a legal requirement to do so, and they also may undertake basic disclosure checks on employees when it is stipulated as part of a new contract.
Back on Track
Back on Track (Changing Lives Through Learning) is a learning centre in central Manchester, where they work with adults who are going through a process of recovery or rehabilitation. They support adults through problems with alcohol or drugs, offending, homelessness and mental health. Back on Track is a Ban the Box employer who only ask about criminal convictions if an applicant is shortlisted for interview. They are asked to bring a sealed letter of disclosure if they have an unspent criminal conviction, which is only opened if Back on Track decide to offer the candidate the job. Back on Track will then speak to the candidate’s Offender Manager or Police Liaison Office to ascertain suitability for the role.
Bain & Company
Bain & Company is a global management consultancy headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the ‘Big Three’ management consultancies. The firm provides advice to public, private, and non-profit organizations. Bain is a Ban the Box employer who discuss relevant information with candidates and, before employment contracts are signed, undertake criminal convictions checks alongside other background screening such as credit checks.
Barclays plc is a British multinational investment bank and financial services company. They are a Ban the Box employer that do not ask candidates about their criminal convictions at application stage for any roles within the Personal and Corporate Banking division. Checks are conducted within the candidate screening process, when applicants are asked to disclose unspent criminal convictions. The Bank also recruits for regulated roles, for which further checks would be conducted and information about both spent and unspent convictions is requested.
Boots is a Ban the Box Employer. They now do not ask about criminal convictions at any stage in the recruitment process.
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is one of the oldest and most distinguishes publishing houses in the world. They are a Ban the Box Employer and do not ask about criminal convictions until the interview stage, when applicants are given form to disclose any convictions.
Carbon60 is a specialist recruitment agency within the aviation, construction, defence, engineering and technology sectors. They are a Ban the Box employer that ask for a declaration of criminal convictions after an offer of employment has been made. They make it clear to applicants and clients that this will be requested at a later stage of the recruitment process.
Community Led Initiatives
CLI was pioneered by ex-offenders, working with criminal justice partners to provide mentoring support to other offenders. Now CLI has service level agreements in place with commissioners across the country who believe that the CLI approach can create lasting change for individuals and families affected by offending and substance misuse. Their services include mentoring, training, and consultancy.
Currie & Brown
Currie is a Ban the Box Employer. They only ask about criminal convictions after a job offer has been made. For regulated roles in sites such as schools Currie & Brown are required to conduct criminal record checks; however these are only performed after an employee has joined the business.
Bristol City Council
Bristol City Council is the first local authority to ban the box, and now do not ask about criminal convictions until a conditional job offer has been made. Roles for the council range from administrative duties to construction to education, finance, housing, telecommunciations, and more.
Evan’s is the The UK’s leading specialist bike shop and is an accessible employer.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Freshfields is a Ban the Box Employer, they only request information about unspent convictions once a job offer has been made, and convictions that are later disclosed will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Inspire 2 Influence
Inspire 2 Influence is a 12 week work scheme which offers placements to students interested in the care sector. A detailed summary on what Inspire 2 Influence does can be found in this article.
Jericho Foundation delivers individually tailored apprenticeships with a wrap around programme of personal development, mentoring, training and specialist support, aimed at those who are facing barriers to employment and struggling to find work.
Linklaters is a multinational law firm headquartered in London. They are a Ban the Box employer and do not ask about criminal convictions at any stage in the recruitment process. Checks for regulated roles are carried out by the Solicitors Licensing Authority before applicants apply for a role. They have a stated goal of “Our goal is to fostering a working environment in which individual differences are respected and valued.
Prosper has developed a new offering to support ex-offenders into employment – a digital Jobs Board purely for ex-offenders (www.prosper4jobs.co.uk). The Jobs Board will enable enlightened and progressive employers to offer jobs to people who have an ex-offender background. And ex-offenders can apply for jobs in an open and honest way. The jobs-finding work can be done digitally, linking great people with great employers (all of whom want to employ ex- offenders). This means much more likelihood of finding appropriate employment, and doing it quicker. Their employer partners range from Mitie to Timpson抯, and Sue Ryder to Greggs, as well as local employers.
Sodexo is a French food services and facilities management company with job openings in corporate, healthcare, government, energy & resources, and more. They are a Ban the Box employer and do not ask about criminal convictions at any stage of their recruitment process.
Southbank Centre is a multi-venue arts centre is London with year-round festival programming. They are a Ban the Box Employer and will only ask the applicant to disclose unspent criminal convictions at the point of employment. Notably, Southbank Centre does hire for some roles working with children or vulnerable adults. These roles require DBS checks; however Southbank Centre will not ask about convictions or initiate DBS checks until after an offer is made, aligning with their commitment to focus on the applicants’ skills as opposed to their background.
St. Giles Trust
St Giles Trust is a charity helping people facing severe disadvantage to find jobs. They believe in helpin others to become positive contributors to local communities and wider society.
Styles & Wood
Styles & Wood: Integrated Property Solutions is a Ban the Box employer that has a range of career opportunities across a variety of disciplines including professional careers in construction, design and software development as well as roles in support functions such as Marketing, Finance, Compliance and HR. Styles & Wood has removed the question about criminal convictio from job application stage and potential employees are only required to disclose convictions at a later stage where it is deemed necessary by the client.
The Adventure Learning Charity
The Adventure Learning Charity operates residential outdoor activity centres in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. We have several full-time and seasonal positions that can be live in or live out at our centres in Marlow and Aylesbury. We are looking for a receptionist, a cook, a cleaner and a caretaker. The positions don’t need any particular qualifications, just aptitude for the role as well as enthusiasm for the charities objectives to develop confidence and self-esteem in young people.
The Footprints Project
The Footprints Project mentors men and women who are leaving prison or serving a community sentence. The organisation invites ex-prisoners/offenders to volunteer as mentors or as participants in Lifeworks, a project that offers them employment and training prospects.
Kanteen is a small restaurant chain with three outlets around London. They would like to offer kitchen staff work to those who would normally find it difficult to secure employment.
Trafford Housing Trust
Trafford Housing Trust (THT) is an independent housing company providing around 9,000 quality affordable homes within the Trafford area of Manchester. They are a “profit-for-purpose” organisation, striving for a society transformed, free from poverty, inequality and injustice. They They do not ask about criminal convictions at the first stage of the recruitment process. Candidates will be asked to disclose criminal record information at the point at which they are shortlisted. TFT is a Ban the Box Employer.
Viridor employ over three thousand highly trained people to operate, support and manage our services and the facilities that transform waste. They provide apprenticeships, graduate recruitment and management training schemes to nurture skills. They have new opportunities on their site each week and are a ban the box employer. Viridor does not ask about criminal convictions at any stage in their recruitment process, to reflect a desire to build on strengths and not weaknesses.