Business & Entrepreneurs Charity

Business conference to tackle jobs crisis through inclusive recruitment

By John Charlton

Local employment charity Aspire Oxford is set to organise another business conference for 2018, following the success of last year’s event which signalled a step change in the way that businesses recruit.

Oxfordshire’s tight labour market and low unemployment is creating major recruitment challenges for businesses. But there are thousands of local people who want to work and could do so, given the right support. Businesses that offer inclusive recruitment to disadvantaged groups such as ex-offenders can benefit from filling their job vacancies with dedicated, hard-working people who just need a chance to move back into the world of work.

Aspire Oxford’s 2018 Employers’ Conference, The Power of Inclusive Recruitment, will take place on Wednesday 25 April 9.30-2pm at Unipart. Speakers confirmed include leading employers who have seen first-hand the benefits of recruiting from disadvantaged groups, including Pret a Manger, University College, Oxfam and Hello Fresh.

This event is free to attend and will be an inspiring networking experience for local businesses. The conference is another valuable opportunity for businesses to address their recruitment challenges and pave the way towards a culture of inclusivity at the same time. Employers attending can also learn about the advice and in-work support available to give them confidence in recruiting from disadvantaged groups.

The conference is supported by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire and key members of the Responsible Business Group “Reciprocate” and will be hosted by Unipart. The event takes place as part of Responsible Business Week.

To book a free place contact Rosa Curness on