- Virgin Trains launch toolkit for employers and plan to “increase quite dramatically” the number of people with convictions they employ
- Case study – Ineligible DBS check for working in a warehouse
- Case study – Misleading application process and potentially ineligible DBS checks
- Case study – Confusing questions about criminal record checks
- Case study – Blanket exclusions for certain offences
- Train prisoners to ease the skills shortage
- Case study – Basic checks, compensation orders and statements about ‘CRB checks’
- Case study – Ignoring spent convictions when you need to
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.