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Employment and training

Season 1, Episode 6: Inclusive recruitment

Header image for the Catch22 Minutes podcast which reads "Season 1: Youth Employment"

In the Catch22Minutes podcast, we delve into some of today’s major social challenges. We speak to frontline experts, industry leaders and young people, in pursuit of ideas for reforming public services.

The first season focused on youth employment and was presented by Catch22’s Director of Communications, Melissa Milner. Each episode looked at how society can both prepare young people for today’s job market and improve the opportunities available to all young people.

Workplace diversity and inclusion is an increasing area of focus for businesses large and small. From bringing in a broader range of perspectives to understanding your clients or customers better, the benefits of a diverse workforce are huge.

But if it’s so beneficial, why do many organisations struggle with inclusive recruitment? Why is it that the employment rate for disabled people is 29 percentage points below the non-disabled rate? And why is the percentage of unemployed people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups twice that of the White British population?

On today’s episode of Catch22Minutes, we welcome Antonia Tony-Fadipe, Inclusive Hiring Lead at The Body Shop UK & Global, and Vanessa Johnson-Burgess, Chief Executive of Inclusive Recruitment. You’ll also hear from Hayley, who received support from Catch22’s Inspiring Families Programme when she was facing her own barriers to employment

Our panellists

Antonia Tony-Fadipe

Vanessa Johnson-Burgess