The Exceptionals

The Exceptionals is a campaign for social change. We inspire and inform employers about the opportunity available to them in terms of working with people who have convictions. We work across England and Wales.

Our purpose is to educate employers about the unique skills and attitude this workforce has to offer and provide insight into the hiring process. We aim to dispel the doubts and fears around working with former offenders and show the business benefits.

Most employers will hire prison leavers if supported to do so. Our campaign connects business, across industries and of all sizes, with leading organisations who provide training, recruitment and ongoing support.

“A brilliant organisation really driving companies to employ ex-offenders.”

-Rick Mower, Managing Director, Raw Workshop

For free support on the hiring process or to celebrate your work as example of best practice, please contact or connect with us on our socials.


Free support tools:

Connect with specialist rehabilitation partners through our directory.

Download our free employer pack to help you get started. We can guide you based on your business needs. 

Join our growing online community on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up-to-date with the latest employer events.


Be inspired by over 170 success stories on our blog and 16 employer films showcasing forward-thinking businesses who have successfully recruited from this talent pool.


Celebrate your success and share with other employers, to help them see the potential in this community.