Recruiters can play key role in re-insertion of ex-offenders, says Chair of REC Diversity Forum
Data published this week has highlighted to high number of ex-offenders who are unable to find work. This is an area where recruiters can play a leading role as part of the whole diversity and inclusion agenda.
Commenting on the issue, Sarah Gordon, Associate Director of the Sammons Group and Chair of the REC's Diversity & Inclusion Forum says:
"Recruitment professionals are already working with employers to provide opportunities for ex-offenders in a number of sectors. In addition, the REC has worked constructively with Government and with organisations such as Nacro over recent years. This is a crucial issue as it has been shown that those who do find employment are significantly less likely to re-offend.
"Employers often have serious concerns over employing ex-offenders. However, recruitment agencies will ensure that all candidates are carefully screened and will conduct in-depth interviews that probe motivation and aspirations as well as competencies. In our experience ex-offenders can be some of the most diligent and productive members of staff because many feel they have more to prove.
"As well as smoothing transition into work and raising awareness amongst employers, the input of recruitment professionals can ensure that the training that ex-offenders receive is linked to roles and skills where there is demand with the local labour market."
The next meeting of the REC's Diversity & Inclusion Forum is taking place in London on January 18th 2012. For more information, contact; Jason.email@example.com.
Diversity and equality are key elements within the REC's Code of Professional Practice that all members must sign up to.