New guide produced to help young people with convictions access employment

Business in the Community has today (10 March) concluded a project to help more young people with criminal convictions access employment.

Coinciding with the changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, implemented today, Business in the Community has produced an up-to-date Guide and Top Tips. They assist candidates with how, when and what to tell an employer about their criminal record.

We believe that a candidate has the best chance of getting into employment when they prepare and stay positive. A candidate may have a criminal conviction but if they can convince an employer that it’s not related to the job and that it won’t stop them from being a great employee then they’re in with a shot.

This new guidance should be used by advisors in discussion with the people they support and can help prepare people to disclose their criminal convictions in a positive way. Download the new guidance.

The guidance was developed through workshops and in consultation with business, young people and the people that support them. Find out more about the workshops delivered by BITC and Nacro throughout this project.

This project was supported by Transition to Adulthood Alliance, which is convened and funded by Barrow Cadbury Trust.

To request printed versions of the Guide and Top Tips, contact Lydia.Parnell@bitc.org.uk