Reducing the impact of unemployment, particularly on young people and adults who are excluded from society, is a key issue that we ask responsible businesses to focus on.
Our ambition is that everyone, particularly those with significant barriers to overcome, receives support from business, to build the skills and confidence they need to gain and sustain employment.
Amongst the UK's 2.5m unemployed people, the number of adults over 25 out of work for more than a year has risen by over 70% since May 2011. For many, a lack of self-confidence, recent experience or qualifications means that without proactive support they are unlikely to find and keep work. These barriers are often compounded by experiences of homelessness or the criminal justice and care systems.
What we ask of business
We ask business to help those furthest from employment into work through:
supporting and delivering pre-employment training, visits and workshops
offering quality work placements
proactively recruiting people from disadvantaged groups and support them in sustaining work (in-house or elsewhere)
changing recruitment practices to ensure jobs are accessible to people from disadvantaged groups.