Current Opportunities

We share opportunities specifically aimed at former prisoners. For organisations that are focused on helping people find work or training, visit this page

If you are an organisation that would like to share a current work, training, volunteering, learning or speaking opportunity directed at former prisoners, please contact Alumni Manager Katy Oglethorpe.

Short-term job at PET 

PET is looking for to hire a Participation Officer to facilitate a short-term project aimed at developing active citizenship among prisoners. The role will involve planning and running 'learner voice' workshops in two prisons, and analysing findings. Applicants should have lived experience of the criminal justice system. 

For more information visit here. 

Employment grants

PET's Enterprise Awards offer small one-off grants and mentoring for people to find work or start a business after leaving prison. Deadline is 16 July. 

Find out more and apply here

Invigilating the Koestler Trust exhibition

The Koestler Trust are looking to recruit former prisoners to invigilate their upcoming exhibition at the Southbank Centre in London, 7 days a week for the 7-week run. This paid opportunity will provide participants with a strong piece of work experience for their CV and a chance to develop new skills and build up their confidence for future employment.‎

For more information, click here. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 25th July.

Event/speaking opportunity with Open University 

Date: 6 July, Place: Nottingham 

The Open University is launching a new resource exploring the history of the prison system. They are especially keen to attract contributors who have lived experience of the criminal justice system. 

Full details here or contact the OU's Rosalind Crone if you are interested in speaking.

Free fashion, retail and creative course for women - Behind Bras

The education and training social venture Behind Bras is looking for women to join a free Level 1 course in either stitching or pattern cutting. You must be unemployed, on benefits and ideally local to the The Fashion Technology Academy in North London. Following completion, you will have the opportunity to secure employment on the Level 2 apprenticeship programme - a 12-month course. For more information, email

Trustees - The Escape Route

The Escape Route is a small charity that delivers free, ready-made self-employment packs to former prisoners and those who are due to be released soon. The charity is based in south-west England and packs are in use in 17 prisons, from Manchester to Dartmoor. The Escape Route is looking for one or two trustees who have lived experience of the criminal justice system. Commitment is one attending one meeting a year. 

Contact Kit Sadgrove to find out more

Mentoring - Koestler Trust

The Koestler Trust is looking for people with lived experience of the criminal justice system who are interested in pursuing their interest in the arts (visual arts or writing). We currently have mentors available in the London area who are able to provide one-to-one bespoke Arts Mentoring.

Read the full opportunity here