The current business case for work inclusion in the UK
Popescu, Maria-Cristina (2011) The current business case for work inclusion in the UK. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)
Excluded groups’ situation in the UK is of growing concern: there are almost 2.5 million unemployed people and the number of homeless people is increasing. Homelessness and unemployment are feeding each other in a cycle, but businesses can have an important role in increasing employability of these people. This dissertation seeks to demonstrate the business case for engagement with work inclusion initiatives that support disadvantaged groups back into employment. The research was carried out by analysing 46 companies’ awards applications in the Business in the Community ‘Work Inclusion’ and ‘Employability’ categories in 2010 and 2011 and by running an online employee survey to 117 companies engaged in BITC’s Ready for Work programme. The companies involved employees with pre-employment training, coaching and mentoring, provided work placements, and jobs. The ﬁndings from this research provide evidence that there are considerable business benefits to be achieved from this type of social initiatives; most of them are related to employees and future workforce, reputation, organisational growth, and even financial gains. The main conclusion of the study is that employability programmes help businesses accomplish both CR and the business objectives.
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