Unlocked Graduates

Unlocked Graduates

Careers at Unlocked Graduates

Unlocked is a unique two-year leadership development programme which recruits top graduates and career changers to work in prisons as officers for two years. Our officers take on one of the biggest challenges in public service as they work to break cycles of reoffending and give a second chance to some of the most vulnerable people in society. Participants on the programme take on one of the toughest frontline jobs there is, learning skills that will propel them into leadership roles in a range of sectors when they complete the scheme. Supported at every step of the way with a rigorous training programme and experienced mentor, they are also fully funded to complete a Master's degree that will push them to develop new approaches and policies in their prisons.

Our Mission & Vision

We're driving change in the prison system by having graduates become Prisoner Officers

Verified by Escape

Escape's take on Unlocked Graduates

Unlocked Graduates is working to break cycles of reoffending by identifying brilliant people and supporting them to spend two years working as frontline prison officers. We love the innovative solution to reducing reoffending, as well as the positive impact that Unlocked Graduates has had on the talented people that participate in the scheme, as well as the team behind the organisation!

Stats we are proud of

  • 50%

    Over half of our first recruits promoted to specialist roles

  • 3k+

    Over 3,000 applications

  • 10k+

    We work in 14 prisons: a population of over 10,000 prisoners

  • 1st

    Personnel Today's ‘Graduate Scheme of the Year‘ in 2018

Behind the scenes

Team makeup

  • 40


  • Transferable skills

    With big responsibilities from day one, our officers learn to be resilient leaders

  • £30k

    Depending on location, our officers can earn a starting salary of up to £30,000

  • Master's degree

    Fully funded MSc that supports our officers to lead change in the prison environment

  • Make a difference

    Around half of adults reoffend within a year of release - this is a challenge worth tackling