Creating Partnerships that Connect Untapped Talent and Jobs
Why inclusive recruitment matters
Many businesses in the UK struggle to recruit, with 57% of employers reporting hard-to-fill vacancies at the start of 20231. This is being driven by historically low levels of unemployment – with an average ratio of one unemployed person to every vacancy – and high levels of economic inactivity (people of working age not looking for employment)2.
At the same time, employers increasingly prioritise diversity and inclusion, which are key to being a responsible and successful business3. And yet research suggests that businesses are overlooking – or even excluding – some job seekers:
- 22% would close their doors to disabled people4
- 35% would close their doors to refugees5
- 35% would close their doors to education leavers6
- 58% would close their doors to homeless jobseekers7
- 55% would close their doors to people with criminal convictions.8
Focus on key one of five
Business in the Community’s (BITC) Opening Doors campaign supports businesses to take action across five keys to inclusive recruitment. This toolkit, contains advice and examples to help your business with the first key:
- Create partnerships that connect untapped talent to your jobs.
Download the toolkit to learn more about the business benefits of inclusive recruitment. Read case studies from Business in the Community (BITC) members on how participating in the Opening Doors campaign is helping to build long-term partnerships that are key to making a positive impact on society. And how Opening Doors employees are enabled to better understand the challenges some groups face.
The value of partnerships
The toolkit provides insight into the need for creating high-impact partnerships and includes guidance on the following stages.
Creating high-impact partnerships
- How to identify your target groups.
- How to define your ambition.
- How to connect with partners.
- How to formalise the agreement and get started.
- How to review and adjust.
Utilise the support available from Business in the Community
BITC can support your business to create partnerships that connect untapped talent to your jobs.
- Sign up to Opening Doors to join a community of businesses committing to inclusive recruitment.
- Access BITC’s Advisory Services for support to develop a partnership strategy or implement inclusive recruitment.
- Get involved in BITC’s employment programmes, which include employability activities and work placements for groups such as refugees, over 50s and people experiencing homelessness.
what if no-one was left behind?
 BITC research with YouGov, 2020
 LinkedIn, 2021
 Crisis, 2021
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