New official guide for employers on open recruitment

Published by the Department for Work and Pensions in partnership with Business in the Community, the guide, Strengthening your workforce with talent from disadvantaged groups, comes after high demand from the business world for more help and support for employers to become inclusive. Part of the See Potential campaign, it’s already been welcomed by the FSB […]

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Unlocking the potential of the UK’s ex-offenders

NatWest has published an article about recruiting people with convictions, featuring this site as a source of support for employers. The article is copied below: One remedy to the UK’s skills gap could be to hire more ex-offenders, so what’s the best way of going about this? There are around 1.6 million unemployed people in […]

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National trades directory changes policy on criminal record checks

We were contacted by an individual who had applied to register his business on a directory of recommended and trusted tradespeople. He had been asked to provide the company with a copy of either his basic criminal record (from Disclosure Scotland) or his police record (via a subject access request). A subject access request provides […]

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Zero tolerance approach to DBS checks?

We were recently contacted by an individual who had applied for an assessor role in health and social care. The individual disclosed their conviction to the employer on the application form and at interview and was told that, as their conviction was historical, it would not present a problem. At a second interview, the company […]

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Confusion over filtering legislation and DBS checks for accountants

We were contacted by an individual who was looking to become a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and had been asked to complete a declaration form which contained the following wording: “I confirm that I have now read the notes section and: I have not been subject to any criminal conviction […]

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Tax breaks for employing people with convictions?

Yesterday a report was published by the Work and Pensions Committee calling on government to drastically improve the support provided to people released from prison and to do more to encourage employers to recruit people with convictions. The Committee encouraged employers to change their recruitment process and made a number of recommendations to both government and companies, […]

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“It’s all about big business” – BBC One Show

The other night there was a brilliant piece on the BBC’s One Show about businesses getting involved in prisons, offering training opportunities for people while they’re still inside, to then offer them real jobs on release. In particular, it featured a partnership between Bounce Back and Alendale Construction, training people in scaffolding whilst inside with […]

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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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