Employment services

Forward employment services offer tailored support, training and access to real jobs to ex-offenders and those in recovery from addiction. Our award winning services have supported hundreds of people into employment and to set up their own enterprises.

Having a job can help break the cycle of re-offending and addiction. A job can bring purpose, a connection to the community and independence. Forward Employment Services create chances for people to develop new skills, find work and start a new story. Operating across Justice, Welfare to Work and Local Authority commissioning frameworks, our services include:

Work: Direct employment of ex-offenders through our award-winning Blue Sky Agency in a range of sectors and wider brokerage services, plus in-work support;
Skills: Accredited vocational training based on employer needs;
Motivation and Resilience: Activities and interventions to engage, inspire, and prepare people in the criminal justice system for work;
Apprenticeships and Volunteering: Our award winning schemes for people starting out on a new career;
Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship: We invest in our own enterprises – including start-up enterprises – led by and employing ex-offenders and people in recovery from addiction.

Our services are informed by years of working with some of the hardest-to-reach people in the community, in custody and through the gate. Our expert team includes people with comparable experience, who can provide inspirational peer support to our target client groups.



If you are an ex-offender looking for work then our award winning Blue Sky Agency might be able you the opportunity to access real work with a real wage. 


If you are in recovery from addiction we have a range of employment options within Forward's service and head office teams. If you are looking for a new challenge apply to our award winning Forward Apprenticeship Scheme


Forward aims to encourage and empower volunteers by providing meaningful volunteering roles and development opportunities that may help prepare you for work. We offer volunteering opportunities in our prison and community projects, and in various Head Office departments.