This section features opportunities that may be of specific interest to people who have a criminal record.

It includes:

  1. paid jobs
  2. volunteering roles, and
  3. other opportunities

Some of these will be featured because organisations have got in touch and asked us to include them, whilst others are ones that we’ve become aware of during the course of our work. The common theme is that they are specific opportunities that are specifically looking to reach people with criminal records. Some of the opportunities will be with organisations that may be well known for recruiting people with a criminal record; others may surprise you.

Got a suggestion for this page? If you know of an opportunity that should be included here, let us know. Organisations looking to raise awareness of specific opportunities might also want to consider proactively advertising opportunities through theRecord.

Need advice? If you need any advice about disclosing your criminal record before applying, have a look at the disclosure information on our InformationHub or contact our helpline.

If you apply for any of the opportunities listed, let us know how you get on.



Head of Governance and Positive Risk Taking at MAC-UK

  • Salary – £38,344 to £47,798
  • Location – London
  • Description – MAC-UK are seeking a talented individual that they can train and develop to take responsibility for their governance and risk work.
  • Closing date – 4pm on Wednesday 5th June 2019
  • Hours – Flexible. Upto 3 days per week to be worked between Tuesday – Friday.

For further information visit the MAC-UK website

1st Line IT Support Analyst at The Forward Trust

  • Salary – £24,000 to £31,000
  • Location – London
  • Description – The Forward Trust are looking for an individual to provide hands-on hardware and software IT support to their head office and other Forward sites.
  • Closing date – Sunday 9th June 2019
  • Hours – Full time

For further information visit the Forward Trust website

Regional Manager (south) at Code 4000

  • Salary – £24,905 to £27,750
  • Location – London
  • Description – Code 4000 teach computer coding to people in prison. They’re seeking a Regional Manager to work across the south east to develop partnerships and promote Code 4000.
  • Closing date – Friday 21st June 2019
  • Hours – Full time

For further information visit the Code 4000 website

Personal Development Coordinator at The Irene Taylor Trust

  • Salary – £24,000 to £27,000
  • Location – London
  • Description – The Irene Taylor Trust are seeking a Personal Development Coordinator to take responsibility for the pastoral care of participants on their music programmes for ex-offenders and young people facing challenging circumstances.
  • Closing date – Friday 21st June 2019
  • Hours – Full time

For further information visit the Irene Taylor Trust website

Customer Activity Assistants at Go Ape

  • Salary – £8.70 to £9.70 per hour. Fixed term contract for one season
  • Location – Various locations
  • Description – Go Ape need Customer Activity Assistants to look after their customers at their sites in the woods from February to October.
  • Closing date – See individual advert
  • Hours – Full time and part time positions

For further information visit the Go Ape website

School Behaviour & Resilience Mentor at Think for the Future

  • Salary – £19,000 – £20,000 pro rata (salaries are likely to increase based on performance)
  • Location – Various locations across the East Midlands
  • Description – Think for the Future are recruiting mentors to develop and deliver their programme to pupils who are disengaged with education or have low aspirations for the future.
  • Closing date – Rolling application process
  • Hours – Full time and part time positions

For further information visit the Think for the Future website

Mobile Cleaners at BCS

  • Salary – £8.50 per hour. If the candidate is competent after 3 months, this will increase of £9.20 per hour.
  • Location – From Worthing in the east to Romsey in the west and the A3 corridor to Bordon.
  • Description – BCS are looking for candidates to clean new homes at the build clean stage. BCS will provide you with a company car and all equipment.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – Full time and part time positions

To apply, please email

Specialist Hygiene Technician at Rentokil Specialist Hygiene

  • Salary – £18,282 basic + commission (realistic OTE of £28,000) plus company van and fuel card. The position is permanent
  • Location – Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, East Anglia
  • Description – Rentokil offer an extensive training programme after which, Technicians will use their knowledge to provide a wide range of deep cleaning and disinfectant services
  • Closing date – Recruitment is ongoing
  • Hours – Full time

For further information visit the Rentokil website

Volunteering roles

Helpline Advisor at Unlock

  • Salary – Voluntary role but expenses upto a maximum of £15 per day paid
  • Location – Maidstone, Kent
  • Description – We’re looking for an advisor to help deliver our peer-led Helpline by providing information, advice and support.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – 2 days per week, 9am to 5pm

For further information visit the Unlock website

Arts Team Volunteer at Koestler Trust

  • Salary – Voluntary role
  • Location – London
  • Description – The Koestler Trust are looking for Arts Team volunteers to process entries to the Koestler Awards.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – 1-3 days per week for a period of three months

For further information visit the Koestler Trust website

EPIC Peer Mentor at Women in Prison

  • Salary – Voluntary role
  • Location – Lambeth, London
  • Description – EPIC Peer Mentors provide support to women who are currently involved or at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system, by providing person centred support.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – 3-4 hours per week

For further information visit the Women in Prison website

Peer Mentor for Integrated Healthcare Wider Liaison & Diversion Service

  • Salary – Voluntary role
  • Location – Posts in all towns across Greater Manchester
  • Description – The role of the Peer Mentor will include supporting individuals towards a positive emotional well-being by exploring and engaging in education, training and employment, encouraging self-help and developing self-esteem and providing practical help, for example form filling and signposting to other support agencies
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – Minimum of 2 hours per week

To apply email for an application pack.


Other opportunities

Self-employed Diversion Scheme Trainer at Druglink

  • Salary – Self-employed
  • Location – Across the UK
  • Description – The self-employed Diversion Scheme Trainer will be responsible for delivering the Druglink approved alcohol, cannabis and drugs diversion courses and undertake all onsite administration associated with the course.
  • Closing date – Ongoing
  • Hours – As required

To apply, send a CV and covering letter to or call 01923 260733 and ask to speak to Dave Gill.

Fellowship from the Griffins Society

  • Salary – Fellowship
  • Description – The Fellowship sponsors research to bring about change in how women and girls are dealt with in the criminal justice system.
  • Closing date – 12 noon on Monday 3rd June 2019

For further information visit the Griffins Society website

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