Working Chance's founder and CEO, Jocelyn Hillman OBE, has been quoted by The Guardian on the subject of employing women with convictions, in an article about social enterprise BehindBras.
From the article:
While women’s prisons do offer some education and training, it is often not wholly relevant to today’s workplace, or the workplace of the future, says Jocelyn Hillman, CEO of charity Working Chance, the UK’s only recruitment consultancy for women with criminal convictions.
“Women in prison don’t need to learn hairdressing or beauty, they need to learn coding, Excel and business administration.”
"Despite the fact that over 10 million people in the UK have a criminal record, many employers are extremely hesitant to even consider the idea of hiring our candidates,” adds Hillman. In a CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) survey of employers, only 12% had employed somebody with a criminal record in the previous three years, and one in five had deliberately excluded those with a criminal record when recruiting.
You can read the full article here.