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.
3AAA Bedford Academy
A training provider specialising in the delivery of Professional Services apprenticeships in over 40 different locations.
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.
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.
Building Heroes (BHEF)
A newly founded charity which trains and employs young people and service leavers in construction and horticulture.
An employment agency working exclusively with ex-offenders and those with criminal records.
This leading social care charity providing services to people with a wide range of support needs.
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.
Liberty for Futures
A Community Interest Company that offers support, information, advice and guidance to all ex-offenders (and their families) in re-integrating back into society and in the process of finding work in the Lincolnshire area.
Delivers vocational training and employment support throughout the UK to offenders and ex-offenders.
No Offence Works
A recruitment service which specialises in finding work for people in the criminal justice sector.
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.
Talent Match Staffordshire
Talent Match Staffordshire supports NEET young people aged 18-24 into sustainable employment and young entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses’. The project covers the districts of Lichfield, Cannock and Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.
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.
The Smile Organisation
‘The Smile Organisation supports offenders, ex-offenders and those at risk of offending aged 16+ living within the areas of Norfolk and Suffolk. The service is tailor made to the individual and covers CV’s, disclosures, job applications, interview techniques, as well as funding for basic disclosures and Subject Access Requests. We ensure that the people we work with are ready for employment, have necessary identifications and bank accounts , and can identify their strengths to sell themselves to employers.’
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 peronsalised telephone and online coaching on job applications and CV support. Tel: 0808 808 8099.