While many employers will be sceptical about hiring a person who has served a stint in prison, Sarah Gordon, associate director of the Sammons Group and chair of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation's Diversity & Inclusion Forum, believes this feeling does not need to be acted upon.
The expert acknowledged that the need for ex-offenders to prove themselves in the outside world once more will make them more "diligent and productive" in their work.
Ms Gordon added: "As well as smoothing transition into work and raising awareness amongst employers, the input of recruitment professionals can ensure that the training that ex-offenders receive is linked to roles and skills where there is demand with the local labour market."
Her comments come soon after a study by the Federation of Small Businesses and the All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group highlighted that a third of small businesses in the UK are having problems with hiring suitably skilled workers.
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