- Virgin Trains recruitment policy could see East Coast staff plucked from British prisons
- BBC article – Why companies employ people with convictions
- Celebrating the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending
- Have you considered how the tick box is impacting young people? Youth-friendly employers should join #BantheBoxUK
- ‘Time to give ex-offenders a chance’ – Chamber of Commerce boss
- Ask John: Having ex-offenders on the team has proved an unqualified success
- Press release: Criminal records charity launches website to help employers recruit people with convictions
- Why we’ve launched this website
- Poor application form for a job in social care at a local authority
Why is this important?
Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record, with around a third of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance having received a criminal record in the last 10 years, and yet 75% of employers admit to discriminating against applicants on the basis of a criminal record.
People with irrelevant criminal records are often discouraged from applying for jobs that ask about them on the application form.
Employers can't afford to ignore the diverse skills and experience of people with criminal records.
Ricky's experience of applying for work shows the benefit to employers that 'ban the box' from application forms, instead dealing with criminal records at the job offer stage, giving people a chance to be interviewed on their merits.
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