A Fairer Chance (AFC), is a Community Interest Company formed in September 2011. Its overall objective is to reduce worklessness across the UK’s priority groups.
We have placed ex-offenders, NEETS and ex-gang members as well as care leavers, long term unemployed and older workers into employment across facilities management, rail, construction and retail industries.
AFC specialise in working with ex-offenders, serving prisoners and those furthest from the labour market, through developing sustainable skills and employment route ways in partnership with employers and the public sector employment and skills system. Our purpose is to:
“To identify and influence skills and training delivered both in custody and the community then translate into sustainable employment.”
In the past 12 months, we have placed 200+ offenders and NEETs into sustainable employment.
For every 3 interviews we place 2 of our clients into employment.
We currently have a 65% retained into employment percentage.
- We guide employers through the welfare to work and criminal justice system and guarantee that if you recruit from A Fairer Chance, you will know everything you need to know to make an informed decision.
- Design and deliver employment and skills brokerage and training services in partnership with employers.
- Our Employer Account Management team, have on-going relationships with large and small employers across the retail, construction, rail and facilities management and utility services.
- Draw applicants who we prepare, screen and match from London Probation, Working Links, Jobcentre Plus, The Police, DWP Work Programme and also from the voluntary and community sector.
- We deliver training workshops centred on effective employer engagement and how to effectively make an ex-offender ready for the labour market and caseload management.
Meet the Team
Maggie Walsh MBE – Operations Director
With over 30 years’ experience as an employment specialist for DWP including 4 years working across DWP and MOJ piloting an American recruitment model ‘The Job Developer’, Maggie spent a further year working under the Mayor’s office identifying training and employment opportunities on the Olympic Park and Athletes Village for NEETS and ex-offenders. Rather than return to mainstream management Maggie decided to follow her heart and set up a company where she could use her talents to really make a difference to those furthest from the labour market, with a real focus on reformed ex-offenders.
Tapan Baidya – Finance Director
Tapan has over 12 years’ experience as a project and program manager within the welfare to work industry. This included time spent with a national welfare to work provider, local and central government and also has substantial private sector experience. Tapan’s vision was to start an organisation that would become an agent of social change through the delivery of innovative employment and skills programs for priority groups across the UK.
Rozie Skinner – National Account Manager
Whilst at university, Rozie started working at a local YIP (Youth inclusion Project) which gave her a real passion for wanting to work with young people at risk and young offenders. After working as a freelance youth worker and teacher for a few years she joined A Fairer Chance as the National Account Manager. As well as managing a number of our employment accounts, Rozie also does a lot of hands on work with our beneficiaries, especially our young offenders.
A Fairer Chance employs people with the relevant skills, qualifications and commitment who have first-hand experience of the criminal justice system.
We also have a number of associates across London, who specialise in mentoring and supporting our beneficiaries, with whom we work closely. These associates provide continuous support for our beneficiaries even after they have moved into employment.
Choices was established in response to intentions to open up public services, including within criminal justice, to develop an alternative, community-led provision. Specifically, to address the needs of communities experiencing high levels of crime and serious violence, through a pioneering new approach to partnership working. The Consortium also responds to wider strategies and agendas including localism, SME, Ending Gang and Youth Violence, MOJ Transforming Rehabilitation