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Orion Group Bans the Box on job applications

04/02/19

Orion Group Bans the Box on job applications to access new talent

Candidates with a criminal record can now apply for jobs working at Orion Group with the knowledge that they will be assessed on their ability to do the job before any convictions are fairly considered, Orion Group's HR Director Ross MacRae announced today.

In signing up to the national campaign from Business in the Community they joined more than 110 employers, including the Civil Service, Boots and Virgin Trains, who are creating a fair chance for ex-offenders to compete for jobs and bringing down the £15 billion a year cost of reoffending.

Orion Group believes there is a need to examine the way criminal records are disclosed on a larger scale: "Reviews by the Law Commission, Justice Select Committee, Charlie Taylor and David Lammy MP have all concluded that there is a need to look at the wider criminal records disclosure regime, which is not fair, proportionate or effective.

Having a job can reduce a person’s chance of reoffending by up to 50% and Orion Group is leading the way in offering people a chance to turn their lives around while helping to keep communities safer.

Jessica Rose, Business in the Community’s campaign manager said:

“Two thirds of employers admit to discriminating against people with criminal records but the employers we work with recognise the skills and loyalty this diverse group of people can bring to their roles. Removing the barrier of a tick box can make all the difference to someone deciding to apply to your company or not and we need more forward-thinking employers to join the campaign to help stop the cycle of reoffending.”

Through signing up to Ban the Box and considering whether, when and how to ask about criminal convictions, employers can play a vital role in keeping people out of prison while gaining access to a large and diverse talent pool.

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