Helping people overcome disadvantage by increasing access to good, sustainable employment.

Creating meaningful employment is one of the most significant ways that business contributes to the livelihoods of individuals and communities, and is for many the only sustainable route out of poverty.

Offering quality experience of work, adopting new approaches to recruitment and breaking down barriers to entering work for people from disadvantaged groups can benefit business by tackling skills shortages, building new talent pipelines, boosting retention rates and achieving higher productivity.



John Varley, Chairman of Marie Curie and Non Executive Director to the Boards of Rio Tinto and AstraZeneca, Chair of the Business Action on Homelessness Leadership Team John Holland-Kaye

Employment for Excluded Groups
Leadership Team

Chair: John Varley, Chairman, Marie Curie

Employment and Skills
Leadership Team

Chair: John Holland-Kaye

Key contacts

Catherine Sermon,
Employment Director

Grace Mehanna
Campaign Director, Youth Employment

Anne Willmot
Campaign Director, Employment for Excluded Groups

Nicola Inge
Campaign Manager, Employment for Excluded Groups


We work with businesses to support young people and excluded groups into employment using our Employment Framework as a basis of action.



Inspire. Preparing people for the world of work through experiences
that build skills and confidence.


Hire. Reviewing recruitment practice and removing barriers to work
so jobs are more accessible to people not currently in employment.


Grow. Supporting employees to sustain employment by developing
their skills and enabling them to progress


Related progammes

Ready for Work





Ex-Military recruitment

Excluded groups

Through our Ready for Work programme we partner with businesses to support disadvantaged jobseekers into employment, making a long-term difference to people's lives.


We work with businesses to reduce reoffending by  improving the employability of people with convictions. Our Ban the Box campaign encourages employers to take the first step.


This employment programme supports businesses to strengthen their workforce by employing ex-military personnel.


Young people

Our Future Proof campaign helps businesses inspire, hire and grow a sustainable future talent pipeline using our Youth Employment Framework.

Youth Career Initiative

Using the power of the worldwide hotel industry, this educational programme gives disadvantaged young people life and work skills.







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