CIPD urges employers to integrate social action into their recruitment proceedures

The CIPD (the professional body for HR professionals) has made a strong business case for integrating social action more widely into people development and resourcing strategies.

Sixty seven percent of employers report that entry-level candidates with previous social action experience demonstrate better employability skills.

Despite recognising the value of this experience, only 16 percent of employers invite applicants to talk about volunteering in their application process, while only 31 percent ask them about it in face to face interview.

The findings are set out in a new report from the CIPD, the professional body for HR professionals, ’Unlocking new talent: How you can integrate social action in recruitment’.

Launching the report, Peter Cheese, CIPD chief executive said:

Candidates often fail to highlight their social action experience unless given the opportunity to do so, as many regard traditional work experience as being more important to employers”.

The report provides practical tips for employers backed up good-practice examples from companies such as PwC, Barclays, British Gas and National Grid. 

Envision, which is the only youth charity featured inthe report, shares its experience of how to support young people to articulate the competencies they had developed through social action.

Speaking out at the launch event, Envision’s CEO Jennie Butterworth, said:

“its great to see companies including social action in their recruitment processes, but we also need to give young more support in their education to recognise how much soft skills are valued by employers.  Many of the companies interested in these tips for better recruitment will also have CSR policies about supporting employability in young people.  We urge them to think about how they can harness the power of employee volunteering to support young people to reflect on their competencies.”