The Unipart Outstanding Employment Award: Clarion Housing Group

Award Type: 

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award

Action and Impact
Residents of social housing are more likely to be unemployed, with many feeling excluded from the labour market due to low or inappropriate skills, digital exclusion, debt and a lack of personal confidence.

As a landlord with 125,000 homes, and more than 360,000 people calling one of its properties their home, Clarion Housing is passionate about supporting its residents in different ways. For example, it runs a free, bespoke employment and training service, open to any Clarion resident looking for work. Around 6.4% of Clarion residents are unemployed, compared to 4.4% unemployment nationally. The service includes a range of training opportunities and, through relationships, the business has built up with employers, it has also placed people into work. In fact, last year Clarion helped more than 2,000 people into jobs and has an ambition for the future to help 4,000 people into work and 250 people into apprenticeships each year.
“Helping our residents into work is one of the best ways we can support them to make transformational changes to their lives,” says, Ruth Cooke, Clarion Housing Group’s Chief Executive. “We house many people for whom life is a struggle, and any organisation like Clarion that is in a position to help should do so in any way they can.”