Nottingham Forest have become the first football club to form a partnership with the charity Clean Sheet.
This pioneering partnership will see people with convictions given the opportunity for a better future by finding real, permanent employment. At the forthcoming Forest recruitment fair, members of Clean Sheet will have the opportunity to apply for various matchday roles including stewarding, catering, ticket office and megastore.
The charity, founded in 2010, has a directory of over 130 national employers, and works in partnership with businesses to look beyond the stereotype and consider applications on merit, skills and experience. Working in partnership with employers, prisons and community-based organisations, Clean Sheet has supported 68 people into sustainable work this year.
Jane Gould, CEO of Clean Sheet said:
"We are beyond delighted that a football club with the standing and profile of Nottingham Forest FC should be the first in the UK to register as a Clean Sheet Employer. Quite simply, having secure employment changes lives and impacts positively on families and communities. We look forward to a really active and productive partnership with Nottingham Forest, to give hope of employment to individuals to find the first rung of that ladder to a better future."
Clean Sheet's dedicated employment team undertakes a rigorous process to ensure that all potential members of the initiative are work-ready, and that any prior conviction will in no way jeopardise the business of a future employer. In this way individuals are given a fair chance to start again with a 'clean sheet'. Naturally some individuals with serious convictions will not be able to participate in the scheme, as the wellbeing and welfare of everyone who comes into contact with the club is of paramount concern.