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.
Business in the Community has joined forces with charities and businesses to launch a new campaign to end youth homelessness.
A Ready for Work supporters event brought together businesses and government to discuss the impact of the programme.
Guardian report on Ban the Box
Read a Guardian Sustainable Business article about BITC's debate on whether employers should require disclosure of criminal convictions.
Amongst the UK's 2.6m unemployed people, the number of adults out of work for more than a year has risen by 78% in just two years. 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
What we offer business
The Social Return on Investment of Ready for Work
Our research shows that one year's investment in this programme returns over £3.2m of benefit over 5 years.
Work Inclusion - Business Benefits
This report describes some of the benefits to business of supporting the employment of people from disadvantaged groups, using evidence from companies engaged in BITC programmes.
Work Inclusion: guide to best practice for employers - executive summary
Guidance for businesses on supporting disadvantaged groups such as care leavers into work.
Related case studies
Case study - Trafford Housing Trust's Clean Start
Trafford Housing Trust employs ex-offenders on six month placements.
Case study - Boots Work Inspiration Programme
Boots UK provides work experience placements to disadvantaged young people within the care system.
Freshfields - supporting homeless people to gain employment
A long-term supporter of Ready for Work, Freshfields hosted 11 placements in 2010.
Ready for Work client cast study: Isaac
Ill health and bad luck lost Isaac a decent job. A Ready for Work placement led to a new career with law firm Freshfields.