Just 17 of the 110 businesses signed up to Business in the Community's Ban the Box campaign have a presence in Scotland. This means many Scottish companies are missing out on an untapped pool of talent, while putting up barriers to people who seeking work in order to turn their lives around
From 15 to 26 October 2018, Business in the Community is marking the 5th anniversary of Ban the Box, which calls on UK employers to give ex-offenders a fair chance to compete for jobs by removing the criminal records tick box from application forms.
How Colin broke the cycle of reoffending
How recruiters are changing the outlook for jobseekers with criminal convictions
Read how companies such as Costain, Tideway and North Midland Construction are developing tailored approaches for directly recruiting ex-offenders from prisons
Don’t take a tick box approach to finding your next new recruit. Remove the criminal record tick box from application forms; ask about candidates’ criminal convictions later.
42 year-old Ian works for Boots as an Inbound Team Leader, based at one of the company’s warehouses in the East Midlands. This November marks three years of Ian’s employment at Boots, and in this short amount of time his job has enabled him to get a mortgage, and start a family with his partner. To many of us, Ian’s situation might not sound like anything particularly remarkable. But just two years before Ian started his job at the warehouse he was serving a prison sentence.
Bristol City Council has become the first local authority to Ban the Box. The Council will no longer ask applicants to disclose any criminal convinctions until after a conditional job offer has been made, allowing applicants the best possible chance to demonstrate their aptitude for a role, and the council to access a greater range of skills and experiences.
This guide outlines the steps businesses can take to support ex-offenders into employment; helping to make a real difference to a challenging and costly social issue.
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