Employer Toolkit Launched to Help Recruit and Retain More Single Parents and Care Leavers
20 February 2017
A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses
recruit and retain more single parents and care leavers has been
launched by the DWP.
People from disadvantaged groups face challenges that many others
do not - such as having to work around childcare requirements, lack
of formal qualifications or gaps in their employment history.
Ministers want to help more people from these groups to get into
lasting employment and reap the benefits that come from work.
Employers are encouraged to use the free 'See Potential'
toolkit, which includes guidance on recruitment practices, tips to
support people to stay in work and a directory of organisations
that are able to assist in making workplaces more inclusive. Nine
out of ten companies who hire from disadvantaged groups say that
doing so has brought them benefits such as improved brand
reputation and production growth.
Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said:
"Too often care leavers and other disadvantaged groups are
overlooked when applying for jobs, which is completely unacceptable
and must change.
More and more employers are recognising the benefits that come with
hiring people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and we want to help
them make a positive impact on people's lives and to boost their
The free and expert advice contained in the new See Potential
toolkit gives businesses the framework needed to make their
workplace a more inclusive environment, and is available to
Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder, said:
"I believe in giving everyone a chance in life. Hiring people
should be about talent - not background. I would encourage all
companies to recruit more people from disadvantaged groups."
Dragons' Den investor and business entrepreneur, Deborah Meaden
"When it comes to business flair and enthusiasm, I can vouch that
people from disadvantaged groups are a prudent investment."
The government's See Potential campaign aims to help businesses
fill skills gaps and diversify workplaces by encouraging them to
hire people from disadvantaged groups.
The toolkit is the result of a wide range of evidence, which
includes findings such as:
- over two thirds of employers struggling to fill vacancies due
to skills shortages report experiencing a direct financial
- nearly two thirds of small business owners think military
veterans bring valuable skills and knowledge to business
- more than 3 in 4 companies have actively become more inclusive
workplaces in the last 5 years.