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Last year, when I was one of the judges at Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) Awards, it struck me that ex-offenders were about the only excluded group not represented. 

So I suggested that ENEI consider adding an award category – one for employers who employ ex-offenders – and they have made it happen which I am thrilled and very pleased about.

Last week I presented that award to joint winners CleanStart and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. So congratulations to them.

It is very exciting to be sponsoring and presenting the first-ever award to be given to an employer for employing ex-offenders. Hopefully this is the start of a new way of thinking amongst employers and we can start to break down the last bastion of employment discrimination in the UK – discrimination against ex-offenders.

Working Chance believes that women with convictions have the right to work and to support themselves and their children.  We believe that helping women and their children to cross the social divide from lives of exclusion to lives of contribution is good for society.

Our strap line is restorative recruitment.  Restorative for the women, restorative for their children, restorative for the employers and their staff and restorative for the whole of society.

Jocelyn Hillman, founder and CEO of Working Chance

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