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Costain 'ban the box' pathing the way to rehabilitation

Category: Equality in the workplace

In order to end the prejudicial treatment against people with criminal convictions, by supporting an initiative named Business in the Community (BITC), Costain has officially taken an oath to ‘ban the box’. The name of the scheme involves abolishing the requirement for ex-criminals to state any ‘spent’ sentences in their applications, considering the research that shows 75% of business owners discriminate against ex-culprits, and 16% of business owners would simply not accept an ex-criminal.

The corporate responsibility manager, James York, said that they have an aim of having a labour force that thinks of the society and highlights it. In the United Kingdom, there are more than ten million people who have offensive records, and almost half are still looking for a job even two years after getting discharged of all the charges against them while in custody or paying their penalty. He further added that providing these people with a chance to have a fresh beginning for their careers will lower the rate of committing a crime again by up to 50%. Also, they have a part to play in the development of the society and they are not receiving proper treatment since they are not getting a second chance to start afresh. He remarked that it is not only their public responsibility to offer the ex-criminals an equal opportunity of finding work, but a sensible business strategy for them and the entire UK economy.

Although a newly introduced initiative, ‘Ban the box’ adheres to an existing tradition of Costain, that is, providing chances to ex-criminals prior to or after their conviction. A number of Costain teams like, at the Thames Tideway Tunnel have discovered that ex-criminals are dedicated and valuable at their workplace. Legacy lead, Jeremy Galpin said that they are very proud of their hiring and development procedure of ex-criminals in their team. He also mentioned that they have five co-workers making a fresh start to their lives in their team of one hundred and fifty people, which has put them highly ahead of their Tideway-mandated goal.

A different programme in London, in association with the London Community Rehabilitation Company, hired and trained twelve ex-criminals for posts in the delivery team. Ex-offender group members are being instructed and prepared either in different local training programmes, or in Costain apprenticeship schemes. The community relation manager, David Smith, said that their ex-offender hiring and retention has been a really valuable part of his role in London. He remarked that each and every individual in their initiative has an entire programme of growth & training, and assistance with tuning back to normal life, for example, help with food, housing and clothing. He also revealed his goal behind this initiative is that he wants to have this as a business, as the normal path, leading to the industry, creating and finding a pool of green talent. He disclosed that all the individuals that he dealt with are great, they are dangerously talented and zealous about working, as well as, they simply require one opportunity in life to prove themselves and not to be condemned.

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