Startups: More employers looking to hire ex-offenders as worker shortage persists

21st March 2023

There has already been some positive movement in terms of policy making. In October 2022, the Ministry of Justice and Department for Education lifted a ban on prisoners undertaking apprenticeships. Since then major brands such as Greene King, Kier and Timpson have opened their apprenticeship programmes to ex-offenders. James Tweed, CEO of Cambridge-based Coracle. Coracle is one of the very few companies in the UK authorised by the Ministry of Justice to provide prison inmates with internet-free computers, on which they can complete modules for their apprenticeships. “Taking on prisoners as apprentices is a golden opportunity to transform lives, help society and increase skills in the workplace,” says Tweed. “This gives them something practical to work towards, which is a huge part of ensuring they can realise better life outcomes.” Read the full feature here.