Companies are often wary of recruiting people with criminal records but with the right encouragement they can often be loyal and enthusiastic workers.
Many are keen to rehabilitate themselves and are desperate for a chance to prove themselves.
Many also have the benefit of being highly skilled, often the result of rehabilitation programmes and work in prison engineering centres or workshops.
The whole debate about employing ex-offenders will be explored during an event hosted by Made in the Midlands member Boneham & Turner on Friday September 14.
Guest speaker at the event will be Rachael Reynolds of the National Offender Management Service at the Ministry of Justice.
Ms Reynolds is an experienced and accomplished civil servant with a wealth of experience in domestic and international policy and strategic development.
She will be discussing how firms can work with ex-offenders and what steps they have to take when taking on such a worker.
Boneham & Turner is one of the Made In Group’s Inclusivity Ambassadors and is keen on furthering the inclusivity debate regarding ex-offenders.
Stacy Denton-Beaumont, of Boneham & Turner, said: “We are honoured to have Rachael join us for this important event which should offer wide insight into the whole debate surrounding employing ex-offenders.
“The event will look at the whole case for employing ex-offenders, taking in the hows and whys, the benefits to a business and the impact it can have on their bottom line, risk management and insurance, and more.
“We are advocates of employing ex-offenders if they can meet our expectations. We also want to explore utilising engineering centres in prisons because they are valuable training facilities and can often be helpful with things like research and development.
“We have invited other Inclusivity Ambassadors to join us for the event as we think it is important this debate is aired to as many businesses as possible.”
Chrissie Gale, Director, Made in Yorkshire, said: “Our Inclusivity Ambassadors recognise that each member of a workforce – including ex-offenders – is capable of making a valued contribution to their organisation.
“Several firms within the Made In network are already employing ex-offenders, in many cases with positive results.
“It is very encouraging to see the Ambassadors collaborating on projects such as this and I would encourage them and anyone else with an interest in learning more about the campaign, to attend this event.”
The Inclusivity Campaign is an attempt to address the UK’s engineering skills gap, whilst at the same time, helping to make businesses more productive and profitable.
It is about maximising the potential of a business by ensuring its entire workforce regardless of their age, religion, sexual orientation and physical & mental ability feels respected, valued and engaged. In doing so, Made In believes they will be better motivated to do the best for their business.
Linking up with long-established training providers, Righttrack Consultancy and Altruist, Made In Group has devised a support programme aimed at helping manufacturing firms instil a culture that truly embraces Diversity and Inclusion.
Defining the campaign is a bespoke inclusivity ‘health check’ for businesses which they can use to identify what best practice might look like and how to achieve it.
To undertake the free survey visit the link http://www.madeequal.com/get-started-2/