Prestige HR Manager Joins Panel for Recruiting Fairly Event
On 27th November, Prestige Recruitment Specialists HR Manager, Vicky Black, will be joining the employment panel for Recruiting Safely and Fairly – a special event focused on employing ex-offenders to address the skills gap in construction.
We’re also sponsoring the event, which will be held in the Guildhall, Hull, as part of the ‘Mind the Gap’ initiative. The event is free and designed for construction industry stakeholders across the region.
Recruiting Safely and Fairly
Recruiting Safely and Fairly is a free half-day legal briefing and networking event designed to help employers in the construction industry by providing the necessary resources, support and training they need to confidently employ those with criminal convictions.
Vicky Black will be part of an expert panel there to provide insight, guidance and answers from a recruitment perspective as part of a Q&A session.
About Mind The Gap
Currently, we’re in an unprecedented environment.
Unemployment levels are at a record low and employers in a range of industries are struggling to fill their vacancies. The construction industry looks set to add 158,000 jobs over the next 5 years. At the same time, many employers admit to discriminating against the 11 million people in the UK with criminal convictions.
Mind The Gap is a three-year initiative commissioned by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to develop employment pathways into the construction industry for people with convictions who are motivated to work.
Prestige - Banning The Box
At Prestige Recruitment Specialists, we’re committed to treating all our candidates fairly and have taken the lead on providing opportunities for those with criminal convictions for some time.
In August 2018, we became a ‘Ban the Box’ employer. Signing up as part of the nationwide campaign, we no longer ask any applicants (whether working for us or trying to find jobs with our clients) about criminal convictions at application stage. Instead, we discuss criminal convictions at the end of the interview process.
The idea here is to give those with criminal convictions a fair chance at opportunities, and to be judged on their skills, experience and suitability for the role – without their criminal conviction prejudicing their initial application.
It also delivers real benefits for employers – opening up new talent pools, and providing access to valuable employees.
Fair and safe recruitment from Prestige
At Prestige, we have an excellent track record in supporting businesses across a wide range of industries – providing a sustainable, fully compliant supply of eligible workers from across the UK and overseas.
We’re committed to providing a positive and fair service for the benefit of clients and candidates alike – with ethical, inclusive support that protects everyone.
Further info about the way we work, our policies, our awards and industry accreditations can be found at https://www.prestige-recruitment.com/about-us. Alternatively, please get in touch with one of our expert recruitment specialists at your local office today.