Formed in 2016 by Yorkshire’s Young Entrepreneur of the year, Jacob Hill, Offploy is on a mission to support people with criminal convictions into meaningful, mentored and sustainable employment. This helps the UK fill its chronic skills shortage, reduces reoffending and makes society safer.
After being sentenced to 28 months in prison for possession with intent to supply drugs, Jacob Hill, the son of two retired police officers expected prison to be just like how he had seen it in the movies.
We are not just about dropping someone with a criminal conviction at an employer’s doorstep and wishing them the best of luck. Offploy works with candidates through a nine-step candidate journey to ensure they have the best chances of securing and sustaining employment.
Three of our stages are around education and our team of trained social employment advisors will deliver and refer candidates to courses specific to their developmental needs and our employer’s requirements.
Offploy delivers a range of courses centred around motivation and employability as well as employer specific courses from CSCS card certification to business administration and customer service.
Research and Social Impact
Delivering social services, placing people into work and reporting on the impact of the work we do is a trusted and privileged position and whilst our sector is unregulated we still believe we should hold ourselves to a high standard.
Offploy’s Social Policy and Research Team works closely with a number of universities on research projects to ensure our interventions continue to be relevant and evidence-based.
If you are a research organisation interested in working with our data set or wish to find out more about our social impact methodology you can contact Research@offploy.org
Visit our research blog to find out about our most recent projects.
Employing people with criminal convictions is a relatively new concept to employers, the government and the media yet the notion is starting to gain a lot of interest.
Offploy consistently submits opinion pieces to the press, speaks at conferences and shares the challenges of both our employers and candidates at a government level.
Meet the Team
Offploy prides itself on being a commercially responsible social enterprise. This means that whilst we are a community interest company and our sole purpose is to support people with convictions into employment we will do this with the lowest possible impact to the public purse.
If you have any questions for the board or want to find out more about our team, select their photo or visit the full Offploy directory below.
We are on a mission to reduce reoffending and make society safer by placing people with criminal convictions into meaningful, mentored and sustainable employment.
Why it matters
As a social enterprise, we are committed to improving the lives of all members of the community, regardless of their criminal record. We’re therefore working hard to break down the barriers that restrict employment opportunities for ex-offenders. The economic and societal benefits of ex-offender recruitment are vast, but so too are the commercial advantages of such a hiring strategy.
With interest in ex-offender employment on the rise, the types of brands adopting such a hiring strategy are incredibly varied. However, Offploy’s experience to date centres primarily on the retail, manufacturing, industrial, construction and healthcare sectors – areas where particular potential exists and labour is in short supply. In many instances the basic skill-sets are already in place and training programmes can be rolled out with relative ease.
Perhaps you’ve heard of the rehabilitation revolution – it’s been much debated at parliamentary level for some time. We’re here to ensure it happens. Offploy has created a pathway to connect business and ex-offenders, and support both parties throughout every step of the employment journey. For businesses, we offer specialist legal advice, HR guidance, staff training and more, so that from start to finish, you only face opportunities, not obstacles.
Our dedicated team of peer mentors also support ex-offenders through a nine-step journey into employment helping with goal setting, employer training, interview skills and we continue to support candidates once they’ve achieved a secure position.