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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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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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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