Employer profile


Updated: April, 2019

About Unlocked

Unlocked Graduates is working to change the way we develop society’s future leaders, as well as how we think about prisons and prisoners by focusing on rehabilitation, and addressing the terrible damage and cost of reoffending.

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Our award-winning leadership development programme recruits brilliant graduates and career changers to become exceptional prison officers. The skills and experience you gain leading reform on the front-line will make you stand out from any crowd.

Unlocked was established in 2017 with the explicit aim of attracting high-calibre graduate talent to work in the UK prison service and inject new ideas, insights and energy into the rehabilitation of prisoners: to lead change on the inside that delivers change on the outside.

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Reoffending is one of the biggest challenges facing our county, but by joining Unlocked Graduates you could play a part in reforming the system and supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society. In return, we offer excellent career development, a fully-funded Master’s degree, and opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

As well as supporting individual prisoners, we want our prison officers to be involved in shaping prison cultures and institutions, identifying the changes that can have an impact across the prison they work in – and beyond.

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All participants have the opportunity in their second year to be involved in drafting an official policy paper which will be delivered to the Ministry of Justice. This is an important opportunity to have system-wide impact across the country, contributing to a unique body of knowledge developed on the front-line in prison. This policy paper will be separate from, but may draw on, your Master’s dissertation.

Since starting, we’ve recruited hundreds of future leaders who are already making a real difference to the people in their care. Could you join them?

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Work sectors

law enforcement and security


London, Manchester, South East England

Contact details

020 3905 1560
36 Whitefriars Street

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