The Work Couch

The Work Couch: Exploring the cost of untapped talent: Social mobility

Published on 13 March 2024

Welcome to The Work Couch, the podcast series where we explore how your business can navigate today's tricky people challenges and respond to key developments in the ever-evolving world of employment law.

Kicking off part 1 of our mini-series on exploring the cost of untapped talent, we look at social mobility at work, inclusive hiring and the commercial drivers for generating social value.

Host Ellie Gelder is joined by two champions for social inclusion, James Fellowes and Chance Bleu-Montgomery from Bridge of Hope, a pioneering organisation that matches job-ready candidates from a pool of untapped talent, who face various social barriers to employment, with inclusive recruiting employers.

We discuss:

  • James and Chance's contrasting lived experiences of social exclusion and unemployment;
  • Social barriers to employment and the unique qualities that disadvantaged or system-impacted people can offer to employers;
  • The role of empathy in inclusive hiring;
  • Real-life examples of how organisations are adapting their recruitment processes to identify and attract untapped talent;
  • How inclusive hiring can generate more social value than other social impact initiatives;
  • Inclusive hiring through the commercial lens, including how it can help secure pitches, attract and retain the best talent, as well as boost productivity and brand perception; and
  • How the benefits of social mobility and inclusive hiring extend beyond the individual candidate to their family and wider communities.

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