Greggs is a UK-based bakery chain that has a long-standing commitment to supporting ex-offenders in finding employment. The company has a dedicated programme called "Fresh Start" that aims to provide job opportunities for people who have been in prison and are seeking to re-enter the workforce.
Through the Fresh Start programme, Greggs works with a number of organizations that specialize in supporting ex-offenders, such as the St Giles Trust and Working Chance. These organizations provide training, support, and advice to ex-offenders, helping them to develop the skills and confidence they need to secure employment.
Greggs also provides work placements and apprenticeships for ex-offenders, giving them the opportunity to gain valuable experience and build a track record of success. The company has a policy of not asking about criminal convictions on job application forms, and instead assesses candidates on their skills and suitability for the role.
In addition to its Fresh Start programme, Greggs is also a member of the Employers' Forum for Reducing Reoffending, which is a network of businesses committed to providing employment opportunities for ex-offenders. The company has been recognized for its efforts in this area, including winning the 2019 BITC Responsible Business Award for Employment.