31st August 2016
Working Chance is an award-winning UK social enterprise creating a revolution in recruitment. Founded in 2007, Working Chance supports women with criminal convictions and women care leavers to find quality work with mainstream employers. Based in Islington, Working Chance is the UK's only recruitment agency for women with convictions, working with women from London and the South East, and now also Greater Manchester. It matches women's aspirations to employers’ vacancies and helps to tackle the barriers which prevent women with convictions from finding employment. It also supports women through the process of adjusting to life after their conviction by offering support with housing, debt and finances.
- To date, Working Chance has placed over 700 women with convictions into quality jobs
- Working Chance helps find work for 7 out of 10 of the women who approach us
- In 2014/15, we made 177 placements into quality, paid jobs and 107 into voluntary work – an invaluable stepping stone on the road to paid employment
- In 2014/15, we placed candidates into work with 57 employers across a wide variety of sectors – from major corporate firms to grassroots charities to the NHS
- In 2014/15, we worked with 42 new employers, eight of whom hired three or more of our candidates each
- The one-year re-offending rate for women we place into paid jobs is a mere 7%, in contrast with the national average of 45%
- 40% of Working Chance’s staff are women with criminal convictions
Working Chance’s mission is to empower women with convictions to achieve financial autonomy through employment. It seeks to bring about a change in attitude among employers to enable more women to progress successfully into work. It achieves this by running a commercial recruitment consultancy, making placements with a wide range of employers across a variety of sectors. It also offers candidates support with every aspect of finding a job as well as advice and guidance on personal issues including debt, housing, childcare, domestic abuse and mental health concerns. WC actively engages with employers to positively change their perception about women with convictions.