Mind the Gap: A practical guide to employing people with a criminal record in the construction industry | Nacro

Mind the Gap: A practical guide to employing people with convictions in the construction industry


Mind the Gap

Mind the Gap (MTG) is a three-year project commissioned by the CITB. The consortium of partners – led by BeOnsite, Lendlease’s not for profit organisation, A Fairer Chance, Bounce Back, Mitie Foundation and Nacro – are working together with other key stakeholders to reduce skills gaps, reoffending rates and improve outcomes in local employment and skills plan obligations contained within planning agreements (section 106 outcomes). This will be achieved by providing construction industry employers with the resources, training and support they need to recruit serving prisoners, offenders on licence and other people with criminal records who are motivated to work.

This guidance, which has been developed by Nacro in consultation with the partners and other key stakeholders, supports employers in the construction sector to adopt a ‘business as usual’ approach to recruiting people with convictions within their workforce. It helps them to understand their legal rights and responsibilities, supports them to implement safer and fair recruitment policies and procedures and ensures they can confidently and effectively manage and mitigate any potential risks involved.

For more information, please download the resource.


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