Unlocked is working to build a fairer system. A diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to doing this. This event celebrates the diversity of our participants and the rich experience their varied backgrounds bring – both to Unlocked as an organisation and to their vital frontline work. Hear from a panel of Unlocked Graduates participants and ambassadors about how they use the power of relationship building and lived experience to make every day count. Join us on Tuesday 12th October, 17:30-18:30, to learn more.

About Unlocked

Their purpose

The disproportionate representation of certain groups in the criminal justice system is a major issue – and a priority for Unlocked. People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are over-represented in the prison population (making up more than 25% of the adult male prison population and over 50% of young people) compared to the general population.

Against this backdrop of over-representation of minority groups among the prisoner population, it is particularly problematic that the prison officer workforce is largely white with just 10 percent of officers self-identifying as being from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background. Unlocked aims to reverse this by recruiting exceptional candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds to the programme.

The Unlocked Leadership Development Programme

For graduates on the Unlocked Leadership Development Programme, two years goes in the blink of an eye in prison. In that time, you’ll develop sought-after skills – in settings and situations you wouldn’t believe. This isn’t your standard graduate scheme. And this isn’t for standard graduates. You’ll train for six weeks. Then you’ll be ready to make a difference as a prison officer, in a close-knit team. We’ll make every second count. And support you to gain a fully-funded Master’s, develop policy to change the system, do a placement with a top employer – and ultimately, work with some of society’s most vulnerable people to help reduce the £18 billion cost of reoffending. This is two years to become a leader. One opportunity to change society. Make it count.

Every second in prison is a second chance to change things for the better. For prisoners. For graduates. For society. So join us. And make each one count. 

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