Bay Citizens Community Jobs Compact
Recent action research by Bay Citizens uncovered numerous incidences of graduates and skilled people not even getting to interview stage with local employers recruiting within 5 minutes walking distance of their homes in Butetown.
The Bay Citizens’ Community Jobs Compact is a reciprocal agreement between the local community and the employer, co-produced by employers and communities together, and signed by major employers such as Ikea, ITV Wales, Careers Wales, and Welsh Parliament. It aims to combat such incidences by bringing local people and employers together to tackle poverty, unemployment and under-representation in the workforce.
The compact is an agreement with employers where signatories are obligated to accredit as a Living Wage employer, to recruit using name-blind and address-blind CVs and/or guarantee an interview to local residents who meet the criteria. Also, to introduce unconscious bias training for interviewers. The Compact will ensure all staff have the option of a permanent contract, and demonstrate opportunities for growth and development, for instance through internal career progression and mentoring.
If you are a Cardiff employer and would like to get involved, along with 15 other employers, that have signed the compact please get in touch with Ali.Abdi@citizenswales.org.uk for more information.