Employment and Skills
CREATING MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT FOR
A SKILLED AND INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE
INSPIRE: PRE-EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT
HIRE: REMOVING BARRIERS IN RECRUITMENT PROCESSES
FAIRER, GREENER, TOGETHER
WHAT IF NO ONE WAS LEFT BEHIND?
Creating meaningful employment is one of the most significant ways that businesses can contribute to the livelihoods of individuals and communities, and is, for many the only sustainable route out of poverty.
Offering quality work experience, adopting inclusive approaches to recruitment, and breaking down barriers to entering work for people from disadvantaged groups can benefit businesses by helping them tackle skills shortages, build new talent pipelines, boost retention rates and achieve higher productivity.
Our employment agenda to create meaningful employment
Our campaigns harness the collective power of businesses to overcome disadvantages by increasing access to good, sustainable, and meaningful employment.
Our work is organised around Inspire, Hire, Grow, Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) Employment Framework. Originally developed to support our work on youth employment, it was subsequently broadened out to help businesses think more strategically about their jobs and skills offer.
The Framework identifies three distinct stages:
- Inspire: pre-employment support
- Hire: removing barriers in recruitment processes
- Grow: in-work support.
This concept provides a broad overview of interventions that support disadvantaged groups into sustainable, good work.
Our work across Inspire, Hire, Grow is shaped by our Employment and Skills Leadership Team, which is comprised of senior business leaders. The Leadership Team co-create and champion BITC’s strategy for education, employment and skills, helping us to ensure that we have a clear vision and shared goal for the collective impact we want to achieve
Inspire, Hire, Grow
Inspire: Engage and motivate the future workforce through impactful education partnerships and pre-employment programmes such as BITC’s Job Coaching programme.
We want to increase the impact of employers’ education programmes and partnerships to ensure that no young person is left behind, and that the disadvantage gap widened by COVID is once again reduced.
- Download our report, Time to Act to read our four calls to action for businesses.
- Join our Education Taskforce to shape and champion our work in this area.
- Read ‘The Power of School Partnerships’ for insights and case studies.
Job-coaching: supporting jobseekers with business-led coaching
Our job coaching programme connects jobseekers with coaches from the UK’s leading businesses. The programme allows individuals to work directly with employers to access a unique network of engaged, responsible business contacts.
Hire: Adopt inclusive recruitment practices to build a diverse workforce.
We aim to make 2 million jobs more inclusive by 2025 through our Opening Doors campaign. We have identified five keys to unlocking unemployment and creating meaningful employment, each of which is underpinned by several specific actions. Businesses are asked to commit to taking forward a minimum of three specific actions to make their recruitment processes more inclusive.
Ban the Box
Ban the Box calls on employers to create a fair opportunity for people with convictions by removing the tick box from application forms and asking about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process if and when it becomes necessary. Signing up to Ban the Box is now one of the actions included in our Opening Doors campaign.
Grow: Create a culture of lifelong learning, supporting all employees to participate in upskilling opportunities.
We want to ensure that work provides opportunities for lifelong learning for all so that no one is left behind by transformation. We increase social mobility by breaking the cycle of low skills/low pay.
- Join our Future Skills and Good Work Taskforce to influence and champion our emerging work in this area.
- Read our factsheets Rebooting Lifelong Learning For a Skilled Workforce; Essential Skills in Recruitment and Lifelong Learning; Challenges and Opportunities of Lifelong Learning.
Essential skills are highly transferable skills like communication, problem-solving and teamwork. To face the challenges ahead, employers, alongside educators and the Government, must commit to recognising and developing essential skills in their talent pipeline and their existing workforce.
- Download our factsheet, Essential Skills in Recruitment and Lifelong Learning.
- Find out how you can use the common language of the Skills Builder Universal Framework to recognise and develop essential skills in your workforce.
Time to Act report
Addressing inequalities in education.
Four critical areas of focus for businesses that want to
engage with education to drive sustainable
and meaningful change
Simple steps that companies can take to enable refugees to gain employment and build their skills, benefiting companies
and the UK economy.
How businesses have enhanced the curriculum to improve life outcomes for young people
Practical guidance to help businesses inspire future talent, develop inclusive recruitment processes
Frequently Askes Questions (FAQs)
The Business in the Community inclusive recruitment Opening doors campaign identifies five keys to unlocking employment to ensure that jobs are accessible to all.
BITC is asking businesses to participate in the campaign by identifying at least three specific actions to take forward over the next three years and share the progress with BITC.
The actions should be selected from the list that underpins the five principles, developed in consultation with a broad range of charities that support the disadvantaged groups targeted by this campaign.
There is no cost to becoming an Opening Doors Employer, and the campaign is open to all employers – Business in the Community members and non-members.