Future Proof: Bristol

Bristol is one of the UK’s largest economic centres, with around 17,500 businesses and thriving legal, professional services, media and education sectors. However, 16 – 24 youth unemployment remains stubbornly high at 11.3% more than double the city's overall rate, and over a quarter of the areas in Bristol are in the top 10% most deprived for access to and attainment in Education, Skills and Training.

This year, Business in the Community and the City & Guilds Group are working with business leaders and HR professionals from across Bristol to break down the barriers in the hiring process for young people. From removing jargon from job descriptions to looking at new ways to assess candidates without relying on experience, we'll be exploring how businesses can update recruitment for the next generation. 

Want to find out more and get involved? Contact Lynne Flanagan, Employment Programme Manager, Bristol at lynne.flanagan@bitc.org.uk.  

What's coming up next?

We will be holding our Future Proof Bristol launch event to give employers the opportunity to explore the current barriers to work that exist for young people in Bristol on 26th June 2017. If you are interested in attending this event please do get in touch. Key contact: Hannah Chui, Events Manager: Hannah.Chui@bitc.org.uk.  

 

Our work so far

 

May 2017 - Mystery shopper workshops

In May we held a workshop at The Station with young people from a wide range of different backgrounds to 'mystery shop' the websites and entry level job adverts of 13 Bristol  employers. This helped us to understand some of the major barriers to employment that young people in Bristol face, and the young people made some excellent practical recommendations to the employers who participated on how they could remove these barriers. Read more about our Mystery Shopper programme here.  

 

26 June 2017 - Future Proof: Bristol Assembly

We wanted to explore the key regional challenges for employers who are recruiting young talent in Bristol. So on 26 June, Business in the Community, supported by the City & Guilds Group and kindly hosted by PwC, brought 38 local employers and stakeholders together for a Future Proof Assembly to explore the challenges and opportunities of recruiting young talent in the area.

The discussion section of our event generated over 116 insights from employers. You can explore our summary of these insights below:   

 

 

What happened when we brought together Bristol's employers to talk about updating recruitment?

June 28 2017

On 26th June 2017 Business in the Community, supported by the City and Guilds Group brought together employers across Bristol to explore the challenges and opportunities of employing young people. It was a chance for employers to hear about our latest research, network and share best practice.

What are #JargonFreeJobs and why do we need them?

June 6 2017

Here's what happened when we joined the Careers Enterprise Company for a 20 minute webinar with enterprise advisors working with schools across the country to talk about why companies need to make their job adverts jargon free.

How can you recruit young talent? FREE Event for Bristol’s Employers

May 3 2017

On 26 June, Business in the Community, supported by the City & Guilds Group, will bring employers together to explore the challenges and opportunities of recruiting young talent in the Bristol area. Find out how you can use our latest research reviewing recruitment processes to help you to build a strong employer brand among young people. On the day you’ll have the chance to network with other local employers and share best practice for attracting, recruiting and retaining future talent.

Do outdated interview questions mean you’re missing out on the next generation’s hidden digital skills?

April 24 2017

Are your interview questions fit for purpose? Here's our list of updated interview questions that could help you to tap into the hidden digital skills of your young applicants.

Top Tips on how you can go jargon free

March 17 2017

Top tips on writing clear entry level job descriptions