Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most commonly asked questions for people wanting to find out more about working for Blue Sky. If none of the below answer your question then please contact us to get an answer. Alternatively call us directly on 01895 839 848.

Your Eligibility

• He/she must be an ex-offender/have a criminal record (no matter how big or small, spent or unspent, and irrespective of whether a custodial sentence was served or not).

• He/she must not be a current user of banned narcotic substances, nor a consumer of excessive amounts of alcohol.

• He/she must be able to get to and from the workplace, ensuring that they arrive before the shift start time.

• He/she must not have unresolved anger management issues.

• He/she must provide eligible ID to prove right to work in the UK (UK/EU passport or full UK birth certificate, current immigration status documents, valid visa etc. along with printed proof of NINO from an official source like HMRC/DWP).

• Blue Sky has a duty to protect the safety and wellbeing of our partner agencies, the public and all of our staff that we employ or introduce to our commercial employer partners. This means that we are not able to offer employment opportunities to sex offenders.

• He/she must not have any pending cases (all court/police matters must have been dealt with though it’s acceptable if a candidate is still on probation or HDC/tag/curfew or serving a community or court order).

No. Blue Sky offers on-the-job training to ensure our employees are fully equipped to carry out their jobs. The success of our employees is of course dependent on their own hard work and commitment.

No. Blue Sky runs a Housing Loan Scheme where employees in housing need are given an interest-free loan to help with a deposit or rent. We expect the loan to be repaid in small weekly installments over the duration of your contract.

We employ men and women from a wide range of backgrounds, however, the nature of some offences may mean a person is unsuitable to work on some of our contracts, e.g. sex offences.

You do not have to have been to prison to work with us – you just need a criminal record.

Our Support

Yes. Our HR Administrator will talk you through this depending on your conviction/s. If you are not yet employed with Blue Sky and require advice then we recommend that you go to this website or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Due to the nature of the work that Blue Sky’s team carry out, there is a lot of ‘on-the-job’ training. Your supervisor (invariably also an ex-offender) will mentor you everyday and ensure you are appropriately trained on all machinery and equipment. Once you have been employed for 3 months you become eligible to unlock our discretionary training fund and our Resettlement Officer will discuss qualifications with you.

Yes. We work with all our employees to offer appropriate training and support which will improve your chances of securing onward employment.
Over half of our employees move into permanent jobs when they leave us.

Our Processes

We accept applications from ex-offenders themselves or referrals from prisons, probation trusts and voluntary sector organisations

We are currently only recruiting in the areas noted on the ‘Vacancies‘ page.

If you would like to apply for one of those jobs with us, please complete the employee application form.

Blue Sky has a rigorous screening and interview process, including engagement with other agencies working with ex-offender referrals. This can include DBS checks. We reserve the right to terminate engagement or employment (at any time) if information we receive from candidates or their support agencies regarding convictions or personal circumstances is incomplete or inaccurate.

Blue Sky exists to create employment opportunities for ex-offenders and help break the cycle of re-offending. We have a duty to protect the safety and wellbeing of our partner agencies, the public and all of our staff that we employ or introduce to our commercial employer partners.

For this reason Blue Sky has eligibility criteria regarding who we work with, and procedures on how we engage with other statutory agencies working in offender management. It also means that we are not able to offer employment opportunities to sex offenders.

Yes. We offer proper jobs with a proper company so carry out a thorough selection and interview process.

Our Work

You accrue the equivalent of 1 day of holiday every 2 weeks, assuming you have attended work each day. You just need to call the office at least 1 week in advance to inform us of the day you would like to book off. Any unused holiday will be included in your final pay.

We pay our operatives weekly. A standard wage is £7.50 p/h but team supervisors are paid more depending on the contract.
Wages are paid straight into a bank account 1 week in arrears. This means if you start work any day in the week between Saturday and Friday, you will get paid the following Friday.

Blue Sky jobs are full-time. Typically, you can expect to be working Monday to Friday for between 37 and 40 hours per week.

Have a look at this page to see where we are currently working.
We welcome applicants who are local to these areas.

Blue Sky undertakes a range of grounds maintenance, waste management, laundry, distribution and catering work. Have a read of the Job Descriptions below for more information about each role.

Grounds Maintenance Operative, Kitchen Porter, Cleaner, Refuse Recycling Loader, Refuse Loader, MRF Operative, Beach Cleansing Operative.

If you have any other questions that are not answered here then please complete an Enquiry Form.