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Does your company have a corporate social responsibility agenda or commitment? The Ex-Offender and Release On Temporary Licence (ROTL) program would be the perfect projects to highlight the work that you are doing to better the communities in which you live, work and play?  Release On Temporary Licence helps individuals in their final 36 months of their sentences obtain employment within various industries and also hopefully a better life after they are released.

​One way Build a Career is looking to tackle the skills gap is by reintegrating ex-offenders and serving offenders into society and sustained employment.  In Partnership with New Futures Network, Ministry of Justice, and HM Prisons, the team prepare prisoners and ex-offenders for re-entry into society and aim to reduce re-offending by providing them with roles within construction.


  • We aim to reduce re-offending rates

  • Provide individuals with a chance to reintegrate back into a work environment

  • In conjunction with companies, provide a progressive route for the individual to develop further

What is Released On Temporary License (ROTL)?

  • ROTL means being able to leave the prison for work, provided that the offender returns to
    the prison after scheduled hours the same day

  • This is to support the resettlement of offenders into society and give employers access to skilled, reliable individuals

  • Offenders are treated and paid the same as any other worker, however a dedicated support channel is recommended

Who are we supporting?

  • Offenders (ROTL Primarily Cat D) and ex-offenders both male and female

  • Corporate Social Responsibility for organisations

Only 26.5% of prisoners enter employment after release yet employers who have given these individuals a second chance say ex-offenders are loyal and are more likely to stick with a job because they understand the challenges of finding a job having gone through rejection a numerous amount of times!  And most offenders want the chance to turn their backs on crime and having a job truly helps them get their lives back on track.


If you are an employer who would like more information about engaging with ex-offenders, please email:

Karl Johnson at:


  • 2,200 prisoners a year are doing paid work for employers on day release.

  • 8,500 prisoners are in classrooms and vocational training daily.

  • 12,300 prisoners are working daily in prison industries (prison jobs provided by private sector employers or government departments).

  • There are 13,000 contributing daily to the running of the prison such as working in kitchens, cleaning, recycling etc.

  • Around 70,000 people a year are released from custody and yet employment on release rates are low.

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