An exciting opportunity to join the strategic leadership team of the Forward Trust, contributing to the continued refinement and expansion of our range of services to offenders and people struggling with drug, alcohol or mental health problems. We are looking for a strong and creative leader, who will drive the development of our growing range of unique employment and enterprise offers to offenders, and play a key role in our the implementation and review of our wider business plan.

About Us

We are Forward, the social enterprise that empowers people to break the cycle of crime or addiction to move forward with their lives. For more than 25 years we have been working with people to build positive and productive lives, whatever their past. We believe that anyone is capable of lasting change. Our services have supported thousands of people to make positive changes and build productive lives with a job, family, friends and a sense of community.

The Role

Forward Trust has two service delivery Directorates – Employment Services, and Substance Misuse Services. The Divisional Director – Employment Services will join our strategic leadership team of 5 (CEO and four Divisional Directors), and take lead responsibility for the development and delivery of an unrivalled range of training, employment and enterprise opportunities for offenders:

  • Our award winning Blue Sky employment agency that directly employs offenders, in partnership with a range of mainstream employers.
  • Our diverse range of vocational and life skills training courses, delivered inside and outside of prisons.
  • Our diverse range of job placement and apprenticeship schemes.
  • Our two in house per-led enterprises, and the ground-breaking Forward Enterprise Fund – a multi-million pound SME investment initiative.

We are looking for a strong character with an impressive track record in management of offender rehabilitation or employment support services to marginalised groups. This is an opportunity for the right individual to make their mark on a sector that is going through significant change, and is ripe for new thinking and intervention models.

We are running a 2-stage recruitment process

In the first instance, simply express your interest by sending your CV and a short supporting statement (1 page maximum) to caroline.thatcher@forwardtrust.org.uk by Tuesday 3rd April. We will then contact initially shortlisted applicants for an informal discussion about the role.

A small number of applicants will be invited in to be interviewed – we plan to hold these interview on either 19th or 20th April.

Please click here for the Job Description/Person Specification and use this to demonstrate how your skills match the competencies.