Ministry of Justice Employment Strategy – Feed in your views as an employer

We’re pleased to see that the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah, is developing an employment strategy and exploring ways to increase the number of employers giving opportunities to people with convictions. This is your opportunity as an employer to shape the development of government policy! As part of this work, the Ministry of Justice wants to […]

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Virgin Trains recruitment policy could see East Coast staff plucked from British prisons

The Newcastle Chronicle published a piece yesterday off the back of news that Virgin Trains are going to be holding recruitment events in prisons and opening its doors to people with convictions. Kathryn Wildman, who runs recruitment on Virgin’s West Coast route, said: “We started this process three years ago with relatively modest ambitions. “But we’ve […]

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Celebrating the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending

Last night was the annual celebration of the Employers Forum for Reducing Reoffending (EFFRR). EFFRR is a group of local and national employers that provide job opportunities to people in prison and people with convictions in the community. Some of the employers in the group are featured on this site and the forum has a track-record […]

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Have you considered how the tick box is impacting young people? Youth-friendly employers should join #BantheBoxUK

Today, Business in the Community is using the third anniversary of the Ban the Box campaign to highlight the challenges of gaining employment for a young person with a criminal conviction. We work closely with BITC on the campaign as part of our work to encourage and support employers to develop fair and inclusive recruitment […]

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‘Time to give ex-offenders a chance’ – Chamber of Commerce boss

James Ramsbotham, the chief executive at the North East England Chamber of Commerce, has written an article in the Northern Echo, encouraging companies to look at people with convictions when they’re recruiting. Talking about this site, he says its: dedicated to helping employers find their way through the right processes to ensure they have the […]

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Ask John: Having ex-offenders on the team has proved an unqualified success

Writing in the ‘small business’ section of Telegraph Connect, part of The Telegraph, John Timpson (chairman of Timpson) responds to a question about how other companies could start recruiting former prisoners like Timpson have: Thirteen years after my son and Timpson chief executive, James, took on our first recruit from prison, we now employ more […]

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Press release: Criminal records charity launches website to help employers recruit people with convictions

Unlock, the country’s leading charity for people with convictions, today launches a unique website to encourage and support companies to recruit people with criminal records. Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for work, despite having put the past behind them. Unlock’s work […]

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Virgin Trains launch toolkit for employers and plan to “increase quite dramatically” the number of people with convictions they employ

Last week, Virgin Trains were featured in the Guardian with an article looking at their West Cost employment programme. The programme has placed 25 people with criminal records into employment opportunities in the last few years. It’s refreshing to see Richard Branson talk so positively about it; “Everyone deserves a second chance in life,” he says. […]

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Train prisoners to ease the skills shortage

Prison reform took centre stage in the latest Queen’s Speech, but businesses have an important role to play in reducing the cycle of reoffending Nearly half of all prisoners, and 60 per cent of those on short sentences, will reoffend within one year of release – at a cost of £13bn every year. To tackle it, […]

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