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What is our Employability project all about?

After a successful year-long pilot, our new Employability project supports all our Longford Scholars when they get their degrees to move into the sort of graduate-level jobs that all students aim for.  And to navigate any obstacles in their path because of their criminal convictions. The project is about listening to their aspirations and then working with them, with employers, and with expert partners to offer training sessions, signposting, employment advice, peer-support and placements to maximise each scholar’s chances of embarking on the career of their choice. One employer, who has given graduate jobs to three recent scholars, describes our Employability project as giving her access to ‘the best talent pool in the country’.


Opportunity Knocks

We are steadily building a portfolio of internships, placements and volunteer roles to give scholars a stepping stone, often while still students, into long-term employment. If you are an employer and feel that you could work with us, contact our Employability Manager, Abi Andrews, pictured right.


Have you met?

Experience has shown us that a single conversation with the right person can bring possibility and opportunity. Our group trained, volunteer employment advisers, working in parallel with our mentors, are on hand to support our graduate Longford Scholars as they seek the right job opening that could change their future.


  • Support into degree-level jobs on graduation
  • Specialist training programmes to get job-ready
  • Linking with a network of employers looking to recruit
  • Internships, placements and volunteer roles
  • Funded by the Dreamchasing Foundation and the Stone Family Foundation

Gareth’s story