Compass Group launches career hub for people struggling to gain employment

Called The Social Partner Hub, the platform aims to support candidates who may face barriers to entry into the job market. These include ex-offenders, care leavers, long term unemployed and people with disabilities.

Working with a range of partner organisations, the platform will match candidates with job opportunities and internships available at Compass.

The career hub will help to provide support for people struggling to access work, ensuring that the hiring process is inclusive and caters to the needs of each applicant.

Compass hiring managers will also undertake training to better understand some of the challenges faced by different candidates and help identify roles that may be suitable. Managers will also support the individual to ensure the job or work placement is a success.

To mark the launch of the Social Partner Hub, Compass hosted an event this week at the Imperial War Museum in London with existing and potential charity partners to talk about the opportunities that will be available. Some of the 60 partners that attended the event included disability equality charity Scope, rehabilitation charity The Clink, and prisoner support organisation Clean Sheet.

Amanda Scott, talent, learning and diversity and inclusion director at Compass Group UK & Ireland, said: 'We're delighted to be launching the Social Partners Hub to provide opportunities to disadvantaged people struggling to access employment. At Compass, we are incredibly proud that we offer the first rung on the career ladder to these people regardless of their background.

She added: 'We look forward to working in collaboration with our partners to achieve our shared goals of equal opportunity and access to employment.'

Chrissie Williams, partnership manager at Clean Sheet added: 'We've been working with Compass for over a year now. Their team are brilliant and advocate for our Clean Sheet Members (people with convictions) with hiring managers who understand our ethos.

The platform is being launched as part of Compass' ‘Mission to a Million' commitment, which will provide support to one million people by 2030 through jobs, training, community engagement and development. Mission to a Million forms part of Compass' wider social value strategy ‘Our Social Promise'.