The Unipart Award for Outstanding Employment

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Recognising businesses that are improving access to good quality employment for young people and excluded groups.

Unipart group logoPlease note: the deadline for all Award submissions has been extended to 5pm GMT on Friday 17 February 2017.

Employment rates have reached a record high in recent months – but many of those who remain unemployed continue to face multiple barriers to work. There are approximately 1.7 million unemployed people in the UK, a third of whom have been out of work for one year. What’s more, with an unemployment rate twice the national average, young people face unique challenges applying for jobs.

In this climate, businesses can play a vital role when it comes to employment. Through practical training, changes to recruitment practices, and work and progression opportunities, businesses are able to make employment more accessible to young people and excluded groups, particularly those who are furthest from the jobs market.

The Unipart Award for Oustanding Employment recognises those businesses that are taking a comprehensive approach to employment, making good quality work more accessible for all.


Successful entries will demonstrate:

  • A comprehensive approach to supporting young people and excluded groups to access good quality employment. (Excluded groups include:long term unemployed, homeless people, ex-offenders, people with disabilities, ex-military personnel, young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET))

  • An approach that seeks to inspire, hire, and grow employees from these groups:

  1. Inspire: Preparing young people and excluded groups for the world of work through experiences and activities that build skills and confidence.
    Eg. Mock interviews; employability workshops, job and future career coaching, quality work placements.

  2. Hire: Removing recruitment barriers and creating talent pipelines so jobs are more accessible to young people and excluded groups. 
    Eg. Removing blanket exclusions or unnecessary criteria (eg. Banning the Box, assessing requirements for previous experience for entry level roles), focusing on skills and behaviours to identify potential, attracting diverse talent, creating future pipelines through partnerships to recruit young people and excluded groups.

  3. Grow: Supporting young people and excluded groups to sustain quality employment by developing their skills and enabling them to progress.
    Eg. Effective inductions, supportive line management, supporting wellbeing, training and development plans, secure contracts, predictable take-home pay.

Winning entries will have demonstrated a particularly bold approach with significant scale and/or depth of impact on young people and excluded groups.


  • This category is open to all members of Business in the Community (BITC) and any non-member private sector business.

  • The business should be entering for a programme that goes above and beyond the primary purpose of the business.

  • The entry should focus on impact achieved in the UK.

  • Any size of business can enter and will have an equal chance of winning as scale will be taken into consideration and assessed as relevant to your business’ operational scope.

  • Entries must be able to demonstrate the impact of activities to support young people and excluded groups to access good quality employment. Accordingly, we recommend that entries can demonstrate a minimum of one year’s impact on young people, excluded groups, and the business.

Please note:

If your activities are primarily diversity initiatives (for example, activities aimed to improve opportunities for BAME groups, or to encourage greater gender diversity) please enter our separate Diversity Awards. For more information, please email

If you are submitting solely on the basis of a programme focusing on strategic partnerships with schools, please enter BITC's Award for Education. For more information, please email

For more details or if you are unsure which is the right category for you, please contact

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