The government has pledged to employ 150 former prisoners in the National Probation Service by April next year as it vowed to lead the way on changing attitudes to employing ex-offenders.
Lucy Frazer, the prisons minister, is hoping to persuade more companies to hire ex-offenders by signing up to the Ban the Box campaign, which encourages employers to remove the criminal convictions tick box from their job application forms. They can ask about convictions later in the process.
Studies have shown that the vast majority of employers put applications straight in the bin if the criminal conviction box has been ticked.
Frazer said that employing former prisoners can bring benefits not just to the individual but also the employer.
“We do know that ex-offenders are Cont. reading