Providing inclusive, good quality employment is one of the most significant ways that businesses can positively impact communities, but there are cohorts of jobseekers that existing employability schemes are struggling to reach. Barriers to employment may include long term unemployment, homelessness, criminal convictions, refugee status or a combination of several factors. These barriers may be compounded by other factors such as ethnicity, gender, age or disability.


The Untapped Talent Taskforce exists to develop, test and promote practical steps that businesses can take to:

  • make jobs more accessible to people who face barriers to employment 
  • support people to overcome barriers and move into employment
  • improve employment outcomes, through developing resources and recommendations for businesses.

Find out more about Business in the Community’s work on employment and skills.

Chaired by Rebekah Wallis, Director of People & CR at Ricoh