Inclusive employment: Inspire Hire and Grow Diverse Talent
About this factsheet
Supported by JTI, Business in the Community (BITC) has collated experience with input from businesses, support organisations and candidates from excluded groups to produce this factsheet on inclusive employment and using the BITC employment framework: inspire, hire and grow.
The Inclusive employment: How to Inspire Hire and Grow Diverse Talent fact sheet draws on and complements our existing employment guides focusing on young people, ex-military personnel and refugees, as well as our Ban the Box campaign on ex-offender employment and our Good Work for All action plan.
Why inclusion matters
UK unemployment is at its lowest rate for years and overall employment rates for women and young people are rising. However, people furthest from the labour market are still being left behind. Youth unemployment is still high, people with disabilities struggle to gain employment and ex-military personnel are almost twice as likely to be unemployed as civilians. People with criminal convictions are still widely discriminated
against and, despite having the right to work, refugees face barriers in terms of qualifications, language and documentation.
Creating an inclusive culture
A common success factor highlighted by businesses successfully employing excluded groups is the importance of creating an inclusive culture for everyone in the workplace. This means that once people are in work, they have access to the support they need without being singled out. Employee assistance programmes, a supportive HR team, buddy systems and staff networks can all help people to settle in and feel like they belong.