Opening Doors event being held by Business in the Community

Opening Doors event being held by Business in the Community

This event is open to both members and non-members of Business in the Community(BITC). The event has been designed to benefit HR Directors, Talent Managers, EDI Directors and those who work in recruitment.


On 9 May, BITC will be launching the findings of their innovative research project, Opening Doors: What Works. Working in collaboration with Aldermore, Heathrow and Lloyd’s Register, the research is seeking to identify the most effective ways that employers can support jobseekers from low socioeconomic backgrounds into work, specifically those facing compounding factors such as race, age and gender.

  • Over 50% of LSEB (low socioeconomic background) jobseekers are being excluded from good work due to discriminatory employer practices* .
  • Over 50% of LSEB jobseekers feel overlooked in the job market compared to their peers* (Forage, 2021).
  • 42% of employers report having hard-to-fill vacancies**.
  • 78% of leaders understand how an inclusive workplace and diverse workforce can benefit the organisation*** .

About the event

Analysing new qualitative and quantitative data from employers and jobseekers., gaining unique insight into the employer actions that are making the most impact to improve social mobility through an intersectional lens.



* (Forage, 2021) FE News | Over 50% of UK job seekers from low socioeconomic backgrounds miss out on employment opportunities

** (CIPD, 2023) Labour Market Outlook: Spring 2023 (

*** (CIPD, 2022) inclusion-at-work-exec-summary_tcm18-112951.pdf (

Booking and contact details and further information

  • Contact for any further questions.
  • Full joining instructions will be sent before the event.

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