Removing barriers to employment for people with criminal convictions – visit to HMP Edinburgh


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Edinburgh EH11

Business in the Community, Release Scotland and Cyrenians invite you to HMP Edinburgh to mark the 5th anniversary of Ban the Box, find out about employment pathways for people with criminal convictions and explore the role employers can play.

More than 11 million people in the UK have a criminal record. Yet three quarters of employers admit to discriminating against applicants with a criminal conviction. Asking about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process allows candidates’ skills and abilities to shine through.

Since 2013, over 100 employers, including the entire Civil Service and Bristol City Council, have committed to creating fair employment opportunities for ex-offenders across more than 770,000 roles. 

Ban the Box calls on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms that asks about criminal convictions

What the day will involve

  • Visit HMP Edinburgh to meet with prisoners and learn how they are preparing for employment on release
  • Hear from community groups and a local business who already provide support and employment opportunities to prisoners
  • Consider how your organisation can support people with a criminal conviction to access employment, bringing down the £15 billion/year cost of reoffending
  • Find out how you can Ban the Box when recruiting, to offer opportunities to talented individuals who are too often overlooked in the labour market

HR/Talent/Resource/Recruitment Managers, Directors and Business Managers.  

Lunch will be served. 

Contact for further information
To reserve your place, please sign up here. There will be limited spaces on the day, so please register early. For further details please contact Elspelth Hendry

*Please note, full venue details and joining instructiors will be given on booking.