Working with prisons to offer training and employment to ex-offenders makes good business sense.

Your business can unlock opportunity by tapping into a new pool of talented, highly motivated people who you might not have considered before.

Hear how this is already working for employers

These businesses work with prisons in three different ways:

  • employing and training serving prisoners
  • employing prisoners on day release
  • employing ex-offenders once released.

How it can benefit your business

Fill the skills gap

Over half of employers struggle to fill vacancies due to skills shortages. Prisoners and ex-offenders have a wide range of skills to suit almost any sector, making them ideal job-ready candidates.

Reduce recruitment costs

Filling the average non-managerial vacancy costs around £2,000. Opening recruitment up to ex-offenders can help reduce those overheads.

Reduce staff absence

Unreliability is the biggest concern for employers when they consider hiring an ex-offender.

However ex-offenders see their jobs as a vital second chance so many go the extra mile to secure results and take less time off work than the average UK worker.

Increase staff retention

Ex-offenders often have higher levels of loyalty because of the higher value they place on having a job to and staying out of prison which can reduce recruitment costs.

Make a difference

Most offenders want the opportunity to turn their backs on crime. Having a job helps them stay out of prison, get their lives back on track and is proven to reduce reoffending.

Register your interest in working with prisons, prisoners and ex-offenders

Redemption Roasters

Redemption Roasters’ speciality coffee is produced by serving prisoners at HMP YOI Aylesbury. They say prisoners are passionate employees.


There is a skills shortage in the construction industry, but Keltbray have filled this gap by employing ex-offenders on their sites.

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See Potential

If you are interested in employing people from other disadvantaged groups, such as single parents, care leavers or the long-term unemployed visit See Potential.