Nacro offers varied and interesting career opportunities and pathways for people from different backgrounds. As a large charitable organisation which values its employees, Nacro offers an excellent package of staff benefits – including generous leave entitlements, childcare vouchers, a pension scheme and a friendly and supportive working environment – and a corporate ethos you can really be proud of. Hear from some of our staff below.

Clare Kirk

Assistant Principal – Learner Services, Nacro

Clare-Kirk

“I initially joined Nacro’s housing division 17 years ago as a sessional worker, which gave me an excellent opportunity to try out different areas of work before securing a permanent post with the organisation. Since then I have gone on to hold a wide range of managerial roles and I am currently Assistant Principal of Learner Services. The variety in my work has kept me motivated and enabled me to develop as an employee. I have been encouraged to undertake lead roles within areas of work that interest me personally, and which have led to more senior opportunities.

On a personal level, Nacro has supported me well through maternity leave and enabled me to maintain a good work/life balance. Recently I have completed my MBA, whilst undertaking this I received support from the HR & OD Director with the completion of modules and applying my studies to Nacro’s projects – a process which has benefited both the organisation and my studies.

I am proud of my career at Nacro and the chance I have had to work alongside a national team of highly committed and skilled staff and to deliver quality services to service users in a wide range of different areas.”


Nick Coleman

Area Manager – Justice and Health, Nacro

Nick Coleman

“When I finished University I knew I wanted a rewarding job with the opportunity to make a difference, but like many young people (graduates or otherwise) I did not have a clear or specific career path in mind. Almost on a whim and certainly without expectation I applied for a job with a charitable organisation working as an Employment Advisor based at the local Young Offenders Institute.

I was surprised to be offered the job and whilst I was initially apprehensive about the environment and how I would perform at the job I needn’t have worried. I found myself part of a relatively newly formed, but extremely supportive, team consisting of colleagues from different organisations including two staff from Nacro. Eighteen months later, in 2003, having well and truly found my feet in what is, in many ways, a strange place to work, I applied to Nacro to work as a Housing Advisor to Juvenile prisoners.

Since that time I have held a variety of roles within the Justice directorate, moving from working on established projects to setting up new projects in new prisons and then moving through management roles as my skills and experience increased. What had attracted me to Nacro back in 2003 still holds true today. I continue to find rewards in the work and in what can be achieved to reduce offending, to make a positive difference to the lives of offenders and critically – because in the end this is the point – the communities in which we all live.

I am constantly amazed by the energy, enthusiasm, and sense of community and shared purpose that I regularly encounter amongst Nacro staff of all levels, and this is why I, also, am still enthused to be working for Nacro.”


Alex Smalley

Faculty Manager – Wells Unit, Nacro

A Smalley

“I joined The Wells Unit on a casual basis back at the end of 2012 following eight years working in adult forensic mental health. My role was to facilitate music within a therapeutic/educational framework to a group of young males with severe mental illness who are a danger to themselves or others. I have since progressed into the role of Faculty Manager within the college. I feel privileged to contribute to lives of such a unique group of boys and to be part of a multi-disciplinary team who work in the best interests of the service users, their families and society as a whole.

I am extremely optimistic about Nacro’s involvement in the unit and have already been impressed by their commitment to supporting our country’s most vulnerable people.

During my time as a manager I have felt nurtured within the role and empowered to lead my team towards their goals and aspirations. The fact that Nacro covers so much of the country and is proactive to progress its provision inspires my personal ambitions within this well established charity.”


Debbie Avery

Teacher and Level 2 Course Leader – Totton College

D Avery

“I initially joined Totton College as a Teaching Assistant in September 2012 with the aspiration to eventually become a Teacher. Within four months of starting I was given the opportunity to begin studying towards my PGCE by completing my initial qualification Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) in the evenings at Totton College.

The following year I started a distance learning program with Greenwich University. With the help of Totton College Teacher Training staff and the support of the then head of Creative Industries I was given teaching hours in the Creative Industries facility teaching Media, Art and Design and also night classes for adults in Photoshop. I started my career as a graphic designer/illustrator and I have been able to utilise this industry experience within my teaching and give my students the professional standards needed for employment or university.

I have developed and been encouraged so much by teaching staff and other colleagues throughout my four years, which has motivated me greatly and enabled me to become the teacher I am today. I started in a full-time position as a Teacher of Creative Media in September 2015 and am the Course Leader and Teacher of Level 2 Creative Digital Media, as well as teaching on all the Level 3 Creative Media and Games Development courses. My job is exciting, eventful, challenging and rewarding and I love working along side all the staff. Most important to me is teaching and supporting the students giving them the skills they need to succeed in their next chapter after Totton College.”