We’re pleased to see that the Prisons Minister, Sam Gyimah, is developing an employment strategy and exploring ways to increase the number of employers giving opportunities to people with convictions. We’re keen to ensure that the strategy is informed by both people with convictions and employers, so we’ve written details about the opportunities for you

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Unlock, the country’s leading charity for people with convictions, today launches a unique website to encourage and support companies to recruit people with criminal records. Over 10.5 million people in the UK have a criminal record and many face stigma and discrimination when applying for work, despite having put the past behind them. Unlock’s work

As the development of our website for employers continues, we’ll no longer be posting news specifically for employers on the main Unlock website. Instead, we’ll be posting directly onto the news section Recruit!, our website for employers. You can continue to find the news about our Fair Access to Employment project on this site, and there will

Today, we’re pleased to be releasing a Beta version of Recruit!, our new website for employers. With the strapline “supporting the fair treatment of people with criminal records”, Recruit! is website that supports employers to recruit people with convictions and deal with criminal records fairly. The aims of the site are to: Promote good recruitment

As part of our employment project, we’ve produced some short stories based on the experiences of people with convictions finding work. Each of the stories show something different, as we explain below. However, although every situation is unique, we think that the stories serve as a helpful way or showing the importance of supporting employers

Two years on since the launch of the Ban the Box campaign, Business in the Community (BITC), who lead the campaign, have marked the anniversary by launching a free step-by-step guide to creating a fair recruitment process in dealing with criminal records. We’ve endorsed the campaign since it launched in October 2013 in response to

At Unlock, we like to think of ourselves as making good use of social media as an effective way of communicating with a range of groups of people. Yet, if we’re being honest, although we try and make regular use of Twitter and Facebook, we’ve probably neglected the role of LinkedIn, and how it might

As part of this project, we’re promoting ‘Fair Chance Hiring’ policies in our approach to employers. ‘Fair Chance Hiring’ originates from the United States and has ‘Ban the Box’ at the heart of changes in the recruitment practice of employers. One of the first steps is to develop a set of high-level principles for putting ‘Fair

As our employment project has begun to gather momentum, we thought it was important to explain our approach to employers as part of this work. We recently published a specific page which sets this out in more detail, available here. We’ve also provided more details about how we support employers – this is available here.

Work is progressing well to lay the foundations for our project to challenge employment discrimination. We’re now at the stage where we want to start opening out the conversation, to help to shape the project. This update is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing conversation – with employers, with people with

  The information on this page has now moved onto Recruit!, our website for employers.

We are delighted to report that Unlock has been awarded a three-year grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation that will enable us to deliver a programme of work that will challenge the discrimination faced by people with convictions in getting employment. This marks the beginning of a significant area of work for Unlock, enabling us

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