Second Chances Program

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Doing good is good for business.

One in three (33%) working-age Americans has a criminal history. Many employers disregard this group, keeping even those with non-relevant and non-violent backgrounds from great-fit opportunities. Our “Kelly 33” Second Chances Program finds and hires these great candidates to improve your bottom line and theirs at the same time.

Your talent pool awaits

Kelly 33 connects hiring managers with undiscovered talent looking for a second chance. From years of successful delivery in this area, we know the right candidates are waiting—and we know how to deliver them. This is a talent pool that wants to work. They present employers with a golden opportunity to staff up, improve retention and drive profitability.

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Second chance workers are good for business

Today’s labor market is complicated. Turnover rates – and associated costs – are high, and it’s an ongoing challenge to fill open positions and maintain productivity. It’s costly too with employers spending an average of $10,000 per employee in turnover-related costs.

Kelly 33 offers employers a way to connect with second chance workers who will:

  • Show up and keep showing up
  • Appreciate the opportunity to work
  • Complete the job well, and
  • Crush chronic turnover challenges

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Toyota's success story

Seven years ago, Toyota enlisted Kelly to help implement a second chance program at its manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. The manufacturer had been experiencing significant talent shortages which increased costs and threatened production.

Since the implementation of their second chances program, the company has:

  • Increased their talent pool by 20%
  • Reduced turnover by 70%
  • Today, turnover sits at an all-time average monthly low of 3%

Can you imagine delivering results like that at your company? Better yet, not one second chance worker placed at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky plant has been terminated for behavior that correlated to their criminal history.

Kelly 33 drives equity

Hiring second chance workers creates a double bottom line that’s good for talent and employers. The program is also good for helping organizations strive toward their diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

Kelly believes everyone should have the opportunity to improve their lives through meaningful work opportunities. That’s what Equity@Work and Kelly 33 are all about.


More than three in four Americans said they are more likely to support businesses committed to breaking down discriminatory barriers that prevent Americans from finding employment.


More than 8 in 10 Americans say companies should do more to remove discriminatory hiring policies or practices that keep people from being hired or promoted.

Let Kelly 33 help

Kelly 33 is helping companies right now meet demand and build quality teams by changing the way they hire, advance, and help people thrive. Doing good is good for business. What’s holding you back?

If you’re a job seeker, visit myKellyJobs to find your next opportunity.

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