Building access to employment

1st September 2017



The steady drop in unemployment is a good news story for the UK. Not only does our economy thrive when more people are earning a living, but not being in work impacts peoples’ income, health and happiness. Yet not everyone with the desire to work is able to gain appropriate, meaningful employment.

This is particularly the case for people with complex lives or additional support needs including disabled people, refugees, care leavers, ex-offenders, veterans, single parents and people who are homeless, who face discrimination and systemic barriers to employment.

Social entrepreneurs have bold solutions

A growing movement of social entrepreneurs are responding to these challenges in innovative ways, including by providing quality supportive jobs, training opportunities, or challenging different sectors to transform.


Fattou Gassama's lived experience of the challenges women can face in the workplace after they become pregnant led her to create Holistic Support. The social enterprise provides workshops, advice and support to help women get back into work or start a business that makes them fulfilled.

Read more about Fattou Gassama's journey here

Our programmes supporting access to employment

Alongside our focus areas we run award programmes. These are designed to attract award winners from particular areas such as geography, age range or background. They have the same model as our other awards.


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