Going Forward into Employment Project Team

Going Forward into Employment Project Team

Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and Civil Service Commission |

The Going Forward into Employment project is a collaborative project jointly led by the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice, working with the Civil Service Commission, with the aim of encouraging the employment of ex-offenders into the civil service. The pilot project began in October 2017, focussed in the North West of England, working with three low-security prisons to match ex-offenders on their release with suitable vacancies in civil service offices in the area.

The key objectives are:

  • Demonstrating that offenders make good employees
  • Proving that ex offenders are capable in a diverse range of roles
  • Civil Service leading by example - role modelling the government agenda
  • Using support networks in communities to support ex offenders back into the workplace recognising the range of support they will need.

As of today, ten candidates are deployed, in six departments. A diverse range of roles have been identified, and controlled matching is used to ensure candidates are placed into roles closely aligned to their skill sets.
Feedback from individuals selected and also the employing departments has been excellent (and some testimony very moving), and the pilot is currently being evaluated with the aim of expanding further into other areas.