News Item: Recruiting Safely and Fairly Employing ex-offenders to Address the Skills Gap in Construction

It has been acknowledged by business leaders that the UK is currently suffering from a skills shortage which is holding back the UK’s economic recovery. Many employers in the construction industry have reported that it is increasingly hard to find people with the right skills, talent, ability and mindset to fill their vacancies.

There are over 11 million people in the UK (around 20% of the workforce) who hold a criminal record. The Mind the Gap (MTG) Project, commissioned by the CITB, aims to reduce skills gaps and reoffending rates by working alongside construction industry employers, rehabilitation specialists and other key stakeholders to offer sustainable employment to those with criminal records who have the desire to work.

One of the UK’s leading social justice charities is delivering a free half-day event for construction industry employers, HR professionals and other key stakeholders to give them the right information, tools and support to hire potential new talent.

The event is on Friday 2nd November 2018, 12:00pm - 16:00pm (including lunch and networking) and is hosted by Eversheds Sutherland (115 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 3AL). The event will feature key speakers, including an interactive workshop delivered by Dominic Headley, one of the leading safe recruitment experts in the UK.

To register your interest, please email employeradvice@nacro.org.uk or call 0845 600 3194. If you require further details about the event, please call Dominic Headley on 07399 814 199.