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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Why employers need to change! Three short digital stories from people with convictions

We’ve produced some short stories based on the experiences of people with convictions finding work. Each of the stories shows something different, as explained below. However, although each situation is unique, we think that the stories serve as a helpful way of showing the importance of supporting employers to recruit people with convictions and in […]

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Civil service to “ban the box”

Yesterday, we featured news on Unlock’s main website that the Civil Service  have committed to ‘banning the box’ We welcome David Cameron’s commitment to the Ban the Box campaign and changing the recruitment practice of the Civil Service towards people with convictions. The Civil Service is a significant employer and this news is a welcome boost […]

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New employer guide to creating a fair recruitment process, marking two years of Ban the Box

Two years on since the launch of the Ban the Box campaign, Business in the Community (BITC), who lead the campaign, have marked the anniversary by launching a free step-by-step guide to creating a fair recruitment process in dealing with criminal records. We’ve endorsed the campaign since it launched in October 2013 in response to […]

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