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.  

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:   




Employer workshop: Attracting Bristol’s diverse young talent into your business - 28 November

October 24 2017

We know that 31% of the West of England LEP area have at least one hard to fill vacancy. Many businesses also struggle to recruit young people, with only 33% of employers in the area having...

FREE WEBINAR: How can you demystify your recruitment process for young applicants?

September 7 2017

Our research also showed that 30% of young people find the process of applying for a job difficult. For 31% of applicants a key barrier was them not knowing what was required of them at every stage, while 21% said an unclear job description made the process difficult. We want to empower companies to use new techniques to create transparent, open and accessible recruitment processes for young people. To achieve this, we would like to invite you to a one hour webinar, focusing on how you can demystify recruitment for young first time job seekers.

Get your online job application process "mystery shopped" by young people

September 1 2017

Are your job ads putting off young applicants? Are your jobs pages easy to navigate? Not sure? You can now get your job application processed "mystery shopped" by young people as part of the Future Proof campaign. To date, 104 employers from across the UK who collectively employer over 2m people have had their entry level job application sites assessed by young people including Boots, Asda, ITV, DWF, BBC and Barclays. By having your site assessed you get the opportunity to gain an insight into any potential barriers in your recruitment processes which might be preventing young people from applying for their roles as well as getting recommendations directly from young people about how you can make your vacancies more attractive and accessible .

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.