Making social mobility a reality for homeless young people

We have teamed up with recruitment company Hays to offer a unique service for companies looking to employ young people who have experienced homelessness.

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Since 2019 EYH’s Employability Fund has offered tailored 1-2-1 support to help young people access education, employment or training. We have always known that young people can achieve great things, if they get the right support at the right time – and it should be no different when it comes to securing a job.

However, experience shows us that the young people in our Member Charities services find it harder to compete for jobs. In fact, most of our young people that apply for jobs don’t even get called for an interview.

EYH is working to level the playing field and prove that social mobility is possible for the most disadvantaged young people in the UK. We have been asking employers to guarantee interviews for EYH young people. This small change in recruitment practises allows our young people to shine.

Like all good ideas, we started small, working with a few employers to see if this approach can work. But now, thanks to our partner, leading recruiters, Hays, we have the opportunity to work with businesses to help young people that have experienced homelessness find good jobs – and we don’t just want to work with one or two young people, we want to work with hundreds!

Hays are committed to working with customers, new and existing, to provide a dedicated free service to those organisations who are keen to employ some of the most disadvantaged young people in the UK as they look to diversify their own talent pools.  Employers and young people will benefit from Hays’ skill in identifying and preparing suitable candidates. Hays, EYH and the Member Charities will work together to provide on-going support to young people in the jobs or work experience that organisations provide. Together, we can all help improve the social mobility of homeless young people in the UK, playing our part in enabling their independent futures.

Hays support of the project is step one. There are still ways to get involved;

  1. We need funding to match Hays’ commitment to securing vacancies for young people. This funding will allow us work with Hays, and other employers, to match young people to suitable opportunities
  2. We need funding to extend our Employability Fund, which is crucial in helping young people get ready for employment
  3. We need employers who can open up good quality, entry level roles for young people, perhaps adapting recruitment processes so that social mobility is prioritised, not just something that is talked about.

If you would like to join our mission to make social mobility a reality for homeless young people, please email Faye here.

To donate to End Youth Homelessness and our Employability Fund, please click here.