Here at Offploy, we’re known for our unwavering commitment to helping to find sustainable employment for those with criminal convictions – as well as educating and empowering employers and HR leaders around the merits of ex-offender recruitment.
That’s why we’re hosting a free-to-attend webinar on Tuesday 23 November 2021 (10:00 - 11:30), which will explore some of the barriers to employment and why it’s important to challenge the norm.
Hosted by our founder and CEO Jacob Hill, the 90-minute workshop will also feature interactive sessions from Offploy’s director of sustainability, Richard Strauss, and our employer services team – so get your questions ready.
We’re also grateful to be joined by keynote speakers: Matthias Stausberg, group advocacy director for Virgin, Sally Eley, foundation director at City & Guilds Group, and Rebecca Morgan, head of HR at Johnsons Hotel Linen – who will be sharing their own experience of working alongside Offploy, too.
We understand that deciding to hire ex-offenders might feel brave, but it opens a vast new talent pool and can dramatically cut reoffending rates — which currently cost the UK £18Bn a year. Not only that, but hiring from this cohort brings diverse talent and, according to Ministry of Justice data, 92% of firms that employ ex-offenders report that it has enhanced their reputation – ultimately leading to more contracts.
Reoffending rates currently
cost the UK £18Bn a year
but organisations could play a part in reducing that figure, if they would only consider offering opportunities to those with an unspent conviction,” explained Richard Strauss, director of sustainability at Offploy.
“Recruitment is expensive - £2000 a head to advertise non-management positions, according to the CIPD. The ex-offender talent pool remains largely untapped, but if you know how to access it, the benefits for diversity, inclusion, and organisational capabilities can be transformative. Recruiting people with convictions has also been shown to improve staff retention, reduce staff absences and improve corporate social responsibility.
“What’s more, 92% of firms that employ ex-offenders report that it has enhanced their reputation – ultimately leading to more contracts.”
Who should attend this webinar?
With UK job vacancies at a record high, competition is tough, candidates’ expectations are continually rising, and recruitment strategies are being revisited. This straight-talking virtual event is designed to inspire conversation and debate.
So, if you want to attract a wider pool of applicants, foster greater staff retention, and have a genuine social impact, we’ll see you on 23/11.