We would like to encourage more employers to proactively recruit people with convictions. Research has shown that most ex-offenders are more committed and willing to do more than just the job. They are grateful for the opportunity and less likely to quit, as they value their position. Below are five different area’s in which we would like employers to pledge support.
Champion “No Offence” Campaign
Voluntary work experience
Working between 2 to 8 weeks unpaid, an ex-offender can work for your organisation to gain skills and experience, demonstrating their suitability and adding value to your business.
Again, these are voluntary, unpaid and last for a few days. Ex-offenders are able to demonstrate their skills to potential employers. This helps employers decide whether the person and the organisation are right for each other prior to recruiting to a vacancy.
Anyone aged 16 and over in England may apply for a paid apprenticeship to earn whilst they are learning, working towards a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships can last from one to four years and businesses could even receive a grant of up to £10,000 to help cover the costs of employing an apprentice.
Sector Based Academy
These offer pre-employment training, work placements and guaranteed interview for recipients of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (work-related activity group), in sectors with high volums of current local vacancies.
Current employers who support the pledge campaign: