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 been really pleased with the calibre of candidates we’ve managed to attract through prison recruitment events and our wider ex-offenders programme and so we’ve decided to incorporate these into our regular calendar of recruitment events.

“This isn’t just about helping society and giving people a chance to turn their lives around. It’s hiring the best people no matter what their background is. We’d urge other employers who might be thinking about this to give it a go.”

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