A code of practice has been launched to help employers in Hertfordshire ensure the process of working with ex-offenders is managed effectively.
Last week a training day was held as part of the Business in the Community Right Step Project, to examine the business case for employing ex-offenders. Businesses could be losing out on talented workers because they have a criminal record.
WHY EMPLOY EX-OFFENDERS?
The cost to the economy is enormous and businesses cannot afford to ignore the consequences of not getting involved:
Offenders can fill vacancies in industries where there are skills shortages and employment gaps.
Employers will have the opportunity to be involved in the design and delivery of training ensuring that their specific needs are met.
Offenders can and do make loyal and motivated employees.
Over 7 million people in the UK have a criminal record, so it is likely that many employers will be recruiting offenders without knowing it.
Entering into direct recruitment arrangements with Prisons and Probation Areas means that employers are aware of offenders’ backgrounds, which is not the case with many other recruits or migrant labour.
All recruitment is about managing risk, recruiting offenders is no exception.
Businesses that provide mentoring and support services for offenders have said that their employees have benefited from the experience and have felt more valued by their employers. Providing such programmes is a cost effective way to develop skills and abilities.
Re-offending rates are unacceptably high. Businesses in particular can make important contributions to reducing re-offending in the communities in which they operate.
Sustainable employment moves people away from crime and into becoming workers and tax payers.
Having sound policies and procedures for the recruitment of people with criminal convictions will ensure fair practice and help safeguard the employer against litigation
For more information please visit www.therightstep.co.uk