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The Apex Trust

JobCheck HelpLine  

The Apex Trust was founded in 1965 by Neville Vincent, a businessman and lawyer, who recognised the human and economic waste arising from the unemployment of ex-offenders formerly working in what were known at the time as ‘professional’ or ‘white collar’ jobs. Since that time, Apex has led developments within England and Wales for services promoting the appropriate employment of ex-offenders be they ‘white collar’, juvenile or otherwise.

JobCheck helpline

For the last 10 years we have offered confidential advice and support through our employment helpline service, Jobcheck, on 0870 608 4567. Over 50,000 callers have been assisted by JobCheck since it began in 2001. JobCheck is run by our dedicated team of trained volunteer advisors and volunteer technical/ administration support personnel. Our websites ,, email and letter-answering facilities are all administered by JobCheck too.

ACT 4 Women (A4W) 

A4W was developed in response to the specific needs of women with a criminal record, often living in temporary accommodation in Liverpool and the neighboring areas. Based in Liverpool and St Helens it provides in-depth risk and employability assessments, career planning that highlights employment related skills, training needs etc. We provide advocacy to employers and detailed guidance on women ex-offender employment, training and education law. Women are assisted on an individual and a group basis in their efforts to rebuild their lives and to achieve a level of self-reliance. We provide support through a team of trained volunteer ‘Peer Facilitators’ who help recruit and provide practical support to women, like themselves, who seek assistance.

Training and consultancy

Specialist support is provided on an ad hoc basis (subject to staff availability) in all areas relating to the employment of ex-offenders to employers, public and voluntary bodies. 

A future with LEARN (London Ex-offender Active Resettlement Network).

LEARN will provide self-help and rehabilitative opportunities for unemployed ex-prisoners and ex-offenders aged 22 and above, within Greater London who have served a prison sentence of less than 12 months, and to those not subject to statutory supervision. Participants will be experiencing various challenges to their resettlement and LEARN has been developed to meet these specific needs. Since poverty, poor acommodation, debt and limited education/work experiences disproportionately affect the life chances of these potential participants.

Based at our London office, LEARN will be delivered to participants from the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Hackney, Lewisham, Southwark and Westminster. 

LEARN will support participants through specialist employment guidance and mentoring (where appropriate). We will work with participants who have contacted us directly  either via our JobCheck helpline, through other agencies or by self-referral.

Two Training & Development Officers provide individual support to participants individually and through group sessions (covering issues like, disclosing a criminal record, money management etc). The LEARN Manager contributes to the provision of awareness raising training and information materials on issues affecting unemployed ex-prisoners and ex-offenders within Greater London.

Godfrey Allen JP, Chief Executive, The Apex Trust

The Archbishop has been Patron of The Apex Trust since 2008.

Registered Charity No: 284736