Helping people overcome disadvantage by increasing access to good, sustainable employment.

Creating meaningful employment is one of the most significant ways that business contributes to the livelihoods of individuals and communities, and is for many the only sustainable route out of poverty.

Offering quality experience of work, adopting new approaches to recruitment and breaking down barriers to entering work for people from disadvantaged groups can benefit business by tackling skills shortages, building new talent pipelines, boosting retention rates and achieving higher productivity.


Get involved

For more information please contact Cath Sermon:
Email: catherine.sermon@bitc.org.uk
Tel: 0207 566 8728


Working with business, we focus on three areas which impact on young people and people from excluded groups:




Inspire. Preparing people for the world of work through experiences
that build skills and confidence.


Hire. Reviewing recruitment practice and removing barriers to work
so jobs are more accessible to people not currently in employment.


Grow. Supporting employees to sustain employment by developing
their skills and enabling them to progress


Related progammes

Ready for Work

Ban the Box campaign logo

Future Proof logo

Ex-Military recruitment

Ready for Work

Through Ready for Work, businesses support disadvantaged groups into employment, making a long-term difference to people's lives. 

Ban the Box

By removing the tick box asking about criminal convictions from application forms, UK employers can create a fair opportunity for ex-offenders.

Future Proof

Helping businesses inspire, hire and grow a sustainable future talent pipeline using our Youth Employment Framework.

Ex-military recruitment

Through supporting employers, this recruitment programme highlights the business case to hire ex-military jobseekers.

Youth Career Initiative

Using the power of the worldwide hotel industry, this educational programme gives disadvantaged young people life and work skills.



John Varley, Chairman of Marie Curie and Non Executive Director to the Boards of Rio Tinto and AstraZeneca, Chair of the Business Action on Homelessness Leadership Team Steve Holliday, CEO, National Grid and Chair of the Talent and Skills Leadership Team

Employment for Excluded Groups
Leadership Team

Chair: John Varley, Chairman, Marie Curie

Employment and Skills
Leadership Team

Chair: Steve Holliday





Our experts

Catherine Sermon,
Employment Director

Grace Mehanna
Campaign Director, Youth Employment

Nicola Inge
Campaign Manager, Employment for Excluded Groups


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