Futureproof your business: Address the skills gap and attract young talent


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London SE1

This workshop is an opportunity for members to learn more about how they can strengthen their talent pipelines, by ensuring entry level roles are more transparent and accessible to all young people.

29% of employers in the UK have at least one hard to fill vacancy 1. With youth unemployment at 11.9%2, more than double the overall unemployment rate, there is undiscovered talent that businesses can tap into to address their skills gaps and create a more diverse workforce. For example, if the UK gets workplace race equality right, there will be an economic boost of £24bn per year, an increase of 1.3% GDP 3. At the same time many companies are facing a burgeoning skills gap. 
Business in the Community can support your business to address these challenges through maximizing the contribution and value created by hiring young, diverse talent. Attendees at this event will learn how to address these challenges, gain a greater understanding of the value of entry level roles and how a transparent recruitment process can enhance the talent pipeline in your business.
This event will:
  • Enable members to think differently about their recruitment challenges and understand how entry level roles can help tackle skills gaps in their organisations
  • Offer practical advice from leading employers and BITC’s Youth Employment team
  • Allow participation in interactive activities exploring how businesses can attract diverse talent, make it easier for young people to understand their recruitment processes, and identify young people’s potential
  • Facilitate networking with employers to share best practice for attracting diverse young talent, through creating a transparent recruitment process 
This event is designed to benefit HR practitioners and Early Careers & Talent Managers.
This workshop is for Business in the Community members only and requires one credit. If you have not yet renewed your membership onto Business in the Community's new membership proposition, this is included in your current membership fee. 
How to book
Click here to book a place at this event.
If you require further information please contact Nina Jatana, Campaign Manager. 

Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

09:00 – 09:15


Teas and coffees will be provided

09:15 – 09:25

Welcome & introductions

The Youth Employment team will welcome the delegates to the event, outlining the agenda for the day

09:25 – 09:45

Business Case Study 1

This employer will provide a case study about how they attract young diverse talent into their business

09:45 – 10:05

James Knox, Community Investment Manager, Ricoh

Delegates will hear how Ricoh support young people facing multiple barriers to entry such as homelessness, ex-offenders and young disabled people.

10:05 – 10:35


How to make your recruitment process more transparent to younger candidates. This activity will look at how employers can make their job descriptions more transparent for younger candidates

10:35 – 10:50


Teas and coffees will be provided

10:50 – 11:20


How to identify potential, rather than through previous experience. This second activity will allow delegates to design a recruitment process that identifies candidates’ potential rather than their previous experience

11:20 – 11:50

Top tips and next steps

The Employment Team will provide some top tips on how businesses can future proof their business and provide some practical actions.


Lunch & networking

Lunch will be provided


[1] Government sponsored review, Race in the Workplace 2017

[2] Government sponsored review, Race in the Workplace 2017

[3] Government sponsored review, Race in the Workplace 2017