Welcome to APEX TRUST
Since 1965 Apex has been promoting employment as a route out of offending for people with a criminal record.
The organisation operates programmes to help those with complex, multiple needs to overcome the barriers they face in moving from dependency on welfare and crime to becoming self-sustaining members of communities.
As well as work with individuals in need we have worked extensively with employers and other organisations working with job-seekers who have a criminal record.
We provide specific expertise to employers in safely recruiting and selecting people. This entails learning how to effectively identify and manage risks (and perceived risks) associated with people who have a history of offending.
We have long-standing knowledge of how best to address the fact of a criminal record by appropriate forms of disclosure and apply this knowledge to support both job-seekers and employers.
We also work with people over many years to help them develop the skills, attributes and the knowledge they need to improve employability and secure paid employment.
Our work has helped many people with criminal records to improve their literacy, numeracy and basic skills, to gain education and training qualifications to obtain voluntary work and work experience, and to secure and sustain paid employment (including self-employment)
Having previously operated across several parts of the country, the organisation is currently concentrating on work in Merseyside, an area with extremely high levels of deprivation and hardship. We work closely in communities and engage people who are long-term unemployed to find ways forward towards a better future.
From our base in St Helens, we have developed a system of peer mentoring which offers accredited training and support to local volunteers to enable them to act as supporters and enablers to others within their community. Our peer mentors have themselves experienced barriers to accessing the labour market, they have a criminal record and are able to motivate and support others.
The volunteer peer mentor training is accredited by the OCN, and offers the foundation to equip the women in their peer mentor role. The women achieve Level 1 Diploma in Mentoring Skills and Advanced Discussion Skills.
Breaking down barriers to employment