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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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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