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Duncan O'Leary: Speaking at the The Business Show

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Duncan O'Leary

Chief Executive of New Futures Network, Ministry of Justice

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Unlocking Talent by Employing Prisoners and Ex-offenders

Over half of employers struggle to fill vacancies due to skills shortages, yet many remain unaware of a highly motivated, skilled workforce, waiting to be unlocked in prisons. Giving someone a second chance can change their life as well as becoming an asset to your business. Learn how you can work with prisons to employ ex-offenders, from the Ministry of Justice.

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Duncan O’Leary is the Chief Executive of the New Futures Network (NFN), the new specialist part of the prison service with a remit to broker partnerships between prisons and employers. Previously, Duncan worked on the Education and Employment Strategy for adult prisoners, which set out the government’s approach, including plans for the New Futures Network. Duncan has also worked for the Home Office and in various roles outside the Civil Service, including Chief of Staff for a Member of Parliament, Research Director, and Acting Chief Executive of an independent think tank.


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