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Bosses encouraged to employ ex-offenders

The event was one of several being held across the country to highlight the benefits of the Employers’ Forum for Reducing Reoffending (EFFRR). The Forum, led by James Timpson - CEO of Timpson’s the shoe repairers - aims to grow the membership through a series of seminars.

The free event was facilitated by Birmingham-based employment and training experts Pertemps People Development Group in partnership with Working Links, the regional NOMS (National Offender Management Service) providers. The seminar took place at the Holiday Inn, King’s Cross, where questions surrounding the practicalities of employing an offender were discussed.

Blake, from Birmingham, introduced offenders who have turned their backs on a life of crime in favour of the workplace and was joined by local employers with a positive experience of recruiting offenders leaving prison.

Blake said, “This was just one of a number of seminars we’re holding around the country. These events explore the benefits and support available to those businesses that would consider giving an offender that second chance.

“I had a very successful television career as a senior broadcast journalist, presenting my local BBC news and Inside Out programmes, until an incident resulted in me receiving a two year prison sentence,” added Ashley.

“Now I’m still paying the price for a split second decision and can’t get a job. It was good to have the opportunity to share my story and to explain why not everyone who goes to prison is a bad person. Crucially, our guests were able to learn about the support available to those in the business community who employ an offender and why it could be good for their company.”


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