Recruiting Safely and Fairly - Employing Ex-Offenders

29 Oct 2019 13:00 - 16:30

University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Glasiher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9RU

Are you interested in employing someone with an offending background but are unsure how to do so safely?
Free half-day safer recruitment workshop 
hosted by Black Country Talent Match.

Many employers tell us that they are struggling to find people with the right talent, skills, abilities and mindset to fill their vacancies.
With over 11 million people in the UK (around 20% of the workforce) holding a criminal record, can employers afford to turn their backs on these potential employees? Many of these individuals have committed relatively minor offences, come from disadvantaged backgrounds and have a wide-range of skills and abilities – yet they face immense barriers to working. Employers also struggle to understand their legal rights and responsibilities when considering applicants from this vast potential talent pool.
Dominic Headley will be delivering this free workshop on behalf Black Country Talent Match. Dominic, who is formerly of NACRO (a leading social justice charity) is now a specialist consultant in criminal record policy and safer recruitment.

Black Country Talent Match works closely with local prisons to provide support for young people upon release from custody. Employers are invited to our follow up session, hosted by HMP Oakwood, to see first hand the work that the prisons are doing to rehabilitate and educate young people in their care. Employers will have a chance to meet and talk with young people who are approaching their release dates. This will be held at HMP Oakwood on Thursday 7th November 9am til 11.30am. Please use the following link to book your place at this optional follow up event

By the end of this you will:
  • Understand how to recruit confidently and effectively from a talent pool of 11 million people
  • Be able to improve the diversity of your workforce
  • Understand how to minimise any potential or perceived risks that might be involved
  • Learn how to avoid unnecessary failed recruitment costs
  • Understand more about the prisoners experience whilst serving their sentence and the role the prisons play in rehabilitating that person
Learning objectives
  • Understand and apply the relevant legislation that impacts upon recruitment and retention of people with criminal records (e.g. ROA 1974, DPA 1998/ GDPR 2018)
  • Learn how to deal effectively with disclosure of criminal records
  • Gather the relevant information in order to inform the risk assessment process.
  • Understand how to interpret criminal record information in order to inform risk assessment processes
  • Understand how to risk assess applicants/employees with criminal records in the context of safe recruitment and reputational business risks.

A light lunch will be provided
To obtain further information please contact Emma Searle
To reserve your place, please book via Eventbrite link
Employers are welcome to attend either or both sessions. At this stage, tickets are limited to one representative per organisation. Please contact us if you would a 2nd person to attend and if numbers allow, a place will be offered shortly before the event.
Similarly if the event is full, please contact us to be placed on the waiting list