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We employ teams of ex-offenders to deliver grounds maintenance and related services. See the full range of what we offer…

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New funding to support ex-offenders develop their own enterprises

Social Investment Business (SIB) and The Forward Trust, Blue Sky's parent charity, are pleased to announce the launch of the Forward Enterprise Fund. This new multi-million pound fund will support enterprises and charities run by, or creating employment opportunities for, ex-offender

Posted on 14th May 2018

Steve Finn receives Above and Beyond award from HACRO

Blue Sky Teams Director Steve Finn was awarded the ‘Above and Beyond’ award at the inaugural HACRO Achievement Awards on 31st May 2017. The award recognises Steve for his courage, energy and tenacity in helping to build the Blue Sky organisation which has made him a role model for p

Posted on 7th June 2017

Procurement a ‘driving force for social change’

Social Change Blue Sky is proud of our long-standing parnterhsip with Amey, which was recently acknowledged by shortlist nominations for two national awards: the National CSR Awards for ‘Partnership in the Community’, and the Better Society Award for ‘Innovation’. By working through Blue Sky

Posted on 20th May 2017

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The Need

Prisoners Released Icon

Over 85,000 prisoners are released in England and Wales every year

60% Re-offend Icon

60% re-offend within 12 months of release

Re-offending Costs £13 Billion Icon

Re-offending costs the UK £13 billion each year

Having a Job Icon

Having a job is the single biggest factor in reducing re-offending, yet 75% of prisoners are released to unemployment

47% of Prisoners Have No Qualifications Icon

47% of prisoners have no qualifications

16% of Prison Leavers Icon

Just 16% of prison leavers have an education or training place to go to on release

Blue Sky Activities

We Run Vocational Training Cloud

We run vocational training and employability courses in prison to recruit potential employees

We Directly Employ cloud

We directly employ ex-offenders for up to 6 months, full-time, fully-paid

Blue Sky Entry Level Jobs Cloud

Many jobs are ‘entry-level’ with no previous experience or qualifications needed, though we also have skilled positions

We Support Employees Cloud

We support employees while in work through peer advice and guidance, loans and training grants

Our Achievements

Ex-offenders employed since 2005
Leave Blue Sky to permanent jobs elsewhere
What the Government’s Work Programme achieves for prison leavers
Reduction in re-offending
We save the public on average
for every ex-offender employed for 6 months
(in terms of reduced re-offending, lower unemployment and reduced substance abuse)