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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New project – Fair Access to Employment

We are delighted to report that Unlock has been awarded a three-year grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation that will enable us to deliver a programme of work that will challenge the discrimination faced by people with convictions in getting employment. This marks the beginning of a significant area of work for Unlock, enabling us […]

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New criminal offence; make sure you check your recruitment processes!

Tomorrow, the 10th March 2015, a new criminal offence of ‘enforced subject access’ comes into force, which employers and organisations need to be aware of. This news has implications for the recruitment processes of employers and organisations. In particular, it has an impact on those that ask individuals to obtain a copy of their police […]

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One year into the Ban the Box campaign; pioneering employers change their practice, but more must follow their lead

Business in the Community’s Ban the Box campaign, which Unlock actively supports, has reached its one year anniversary. It was launched in October 2013 in response to widespread and costly discrimination against people with convictions who are seeking work. So far 24 employers, with a combined UK workforce of over 200,000, have committed to support […]

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Workshop for Employers and Recruiters – 29th October – North Wales – ‘Employing with conviction’

We’re working with the Criminal Records Unit of WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) to run a four hour masterclass on the 29th October 2014 in Rhyl, North Wales. WCVA CRU is a DBS umbrella registered body. They provide access to DBS checks for the third sector is Wales, funded by the Welsh Government. They also […]

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DBS say that employers need to use the new DBS application forms

We’re pleased to hear that the DBS has today sent out a news update about their application forms, following Unlock’s complaint to the ICO. In March 2014, the DBS announced that they were changing the question on their application form after a complaint by Unlock to the ICO. The complaint was about the DBS’s failure […]

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