Work on our forerunner programme, Greater Manchester Talent Match, revealed numerous employers who wanted to and did employ young people with barriers to work. Many of these employers adopted fresh ideas and approaches and made a huge impact on young lives.
Change is not without challenge. Companies face obvious performance pressures and young people may have limited experience of workplace settings. That said, employer adjustments are often minor but yield massive benefits to the wider workforce - not just for young people.
We worked with employers to help them to open themselves up to young people furthest from the workplace. Doing so boosts the local economy, helps make society fairer and secures businesses' future talent pipelines.
We produced an employer toolkit which offers top tips for making recruitment processes accessible to young people with barriers to employment / limited work experience.