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Jobs for former offenders

You can receive free support through our Empower Project if:

  • You have been previously convicted of a crime (does not matter how long ago)
  • You would like to progress into education, training and/or employment

*If you are not eligible for this project but would still like support, please click here for alternative options

Type of Support

Do you have a conviction that prevents you from moving forward in your life? 

Thanks to the Empower Project, we can provide free 1:1 support to help you overcome some of the barriers you may face when looking for work. We can help you to look for employment with:

  • Advice on how to disclose your offence
  • Help with your CV
  • Searching for a job
  • Interview skills

As well as helping you with employment, we can provide you mental health support alongside this. You will also be able to access all of our activities which aim to help improve your mental health and well-being. On top of this, you can receive specialist support focusing on mental health should you require this.

To find out more, let us know your number and we can have a chat about this support:

How it's Helped Others


Kath was referred to the Empower Project through the Job Centre. Kath had a history of substance misuse and mental health issues and so she had not worked for a long time.

Kath was unsure on what she wanted to do for work but knew that it couldn’t be in places with lots of people as she struggles with anxiety.

To help Kath we created a CV together and discussed different types of job roles, their environments and how they may impact her. After a number of discussions with her coach, Kath decided she wanted to be in a role where she helps people.

However, Kath had concerns of getting her enhanced DBS check due to the nature of her offence, we discussed disclosing her offending past and the best way to go about it.

Kath was helped in applying for jobs and she was successful in gaining two interviews.

She spent time with her coach, discussing interview techniques, expectations and how to present herself, building her confidence to overcome her fear of her past affecting her chances.

So how did Kath get on?

  • Well-being:  Kath has increased confidence, motivation and self-belief
  • New skills:  Kath has gained interview skills, job search and conviction disclosure
  • Employment:  Kath has now achieved employment success with Chestnut Homecare as a care worker, and has recently been promoted to a Manager


Jamie was referred to the Empower Project through the Youth Offending Service, he was subjected to a voluntary order following an incident at home. Jamie is 17 and has previously struggled in education environments, he achieved low grades in school.

When he came to us, Jamie expressed an interest in gaining an apprenticeship. However, he did not engage with the project at first, he did not answer the phone or return calls.

When he eventually engaged with us we were able to build a relationship up and focus on small goals to start with. We created a CV together and discussed a plan that would get him into an apprenticeship. Jamie struggles with concentration and can be easily distracted so we agreed to put smalls steps in place.

Because he didn't achieve good grades in his Maths and English, we discussed him resitting these and he agreed. In our relaxed environment, Jamie has been enjoying Math sessions and is still attending at the time of this being written. We are confident that he will achieve Level 2 functional skills in Maths. We will then be able to move forward with his end goal of gaining an apprenticeship.

Jamie has also been selected to receive a digital tablet from the project. This helps him a lot for both his personal life, and for education.

Next Steps

To find out more about the Empower Project, let us know your number and we can have a chat about this support and how we could help you:

Special Thanks

Special thank you to Ongo Recruitment and Humberside police & crime commissioner