Starting Work: Guidance for Employers

The Ready for Work programme supports those with experience of homelessness into employment. This guidance has been produced to help companies employing people who have completed the programme.
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Ready for Work is a national campaign working with over 140 businesses and 280 voluntary organisations. People attending Ready for Work have often been out of work for more than 12 months. Most will have had to overcome several barriers in addition to their homelessness to get to the point where they are ready for work, including mental health problems or drug or alcohol addiction.

Research conducted by BITC's Business Action on Homelessness campaign in 2010 showed that a good induction was critical to whether or not Ready for Work graduates settled well into their new role and sustained work. Getting the basics right at the start helps build the emotional resilience of individuals, so that they are better able to cope with setbacks further down the line.

This booklet sets out BAOH’s ‘best practice principles’ for good inductions for people with a homeless background. It also contains handy checklists, detailing  information that Ready for Work clients will find particularly helpful. It has been produced with the support of Pearn Kandola, a leading practice of business psychologists, who specialise in applying business-focused psychology to developments in the international workplace.

It is accompanied by Starting Work: What you need to know, designed to guide new joiners from disadvantaged groups through the process of starting a new job.

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