Making the business case for recruiting with convictions.
Helping to break the cycle of reoffending through employment. Skills matching people with convictions and supporting them into sustainable work by using our extensive knowledge of the Criminal Justice System and the Labour Market. Enabling employers to fill the skills and labour gaps in their industries by guiding them through the Criminal Justice System, and supporting them to recruit confidently.
Projects & services
Our organization is dedicated to supporting the social, welfare and career needs of our clients, we offer a range of free services to help individuals improve their skills and find employment.
A Fairer Chance developed the flagship Women’s Work (WW) programme as a talent matching, employment-led programme that provides gender informed support to female ex- offenders in custody, under probation and in the wider community with the aim of women achieving financial freedom.
Trusted by employers
Whatever the industry, we can help employers find the right people for their business, be it entry level roles or skilled and professional positions.
Shaun was released from HMP Pentonville in Feb 2012 having served 6 years of a 12 year sentence. He was referred to A Fairer Chance by a great prison officer who said Shaun was the hardest grafter he’d ever met. On paper he wasn’t a good bet but we had been told he was a hard worker and good with people. Shaun was determined to get a job and the first opportunity we were able to give him was working on the fit out of the Athletes Village on the London 2012 Olympics. Shaun has never been out of work since.
When you are in prison all sorts of do-gooders promise you this and that but when you are released these promises disappear. A Fairer Chance stuck with me and I have now been employed for over 10 years.
Shaun, A Fairer Chance Beneficiary
The broader context for our work and the reason it is so necessary is that as of January 2023 over 12 million people in the UK have criminal convictions and in a survey 50% of employers stated that they would reject an applicant with a criminal conviction.
Research by the Ministry of Justice shows that being employed significantly reduces the likelihood of a person reoffending by at least 9 percentage points. This is significant as on average over 30% of all people with a conviction will go on to be convicted of another offence within one year and reoffending costs the UK £18 billion a year, alongside significant detrimental impacts on victims of crime and communities.
of employers would reject
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million people in the UK have a conviction.