The CIPD Trust 

Tackling barriers to work and creating inclusive workplaces through the power of the people profession.

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When you put people first, everyone stands to gain

When we tackle the barriers to work and create inclusive workplaces, we give more people the power to learn, contribute and progress. We equip them to unleash growth, talent and productivity in their organisations, and we create the conditions for a more prosperous society.

People professionals are uniquely placed to make this happen. With roles covering Human Resources, Learning and Development, and Organisational Design, they are the experts in people, work and change. That’s why the CIPD – their professional body – has championed better work and working lives for over 100 years.

We harness the power of the people profession – its expertise in recruiting and mentoring, developing and people strategy. Our work gives CIPD members and professionals across our 160,000-strong community the opportunity to do much more with their experience; to reach out to those who need support getting into and navigating the workplace, and to give back by driving greater diversity at all levels in the people profession.

We’re here to connect people professionals, leaders, organisations and partners to make a difference for those facing the biggest barriers to good, fair, inclusive work.

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Opportunities to volunteer your expertise

Discover how you can use your skills to tackle barriers to work


Support a person with a conviction to find work

Empower people with experience of the criminal justice system to re-enter the workplace and thrive.

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Mentor a parent returning to the workforce

Boost the confidence of a parent and help them find the right job to return to.

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Support a woman in prison back to work

Use your expertise in employee development and recruitment to help someone to re-enter the workplace and thrive.

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Mentor a refugee to succeed in work

Use your unique skills to support refugees to re-enter the workplace in the UK and develop in existing roles.

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How we help

Many of our programmes help people get into work, return to work, and make their contribution in work that’s right for them. Others support people from all backgrounds to develop in the people profession. With the experience of our community of people professionals, we focus on those who face greater challenges in the workplace. 

Supporting refugees to succeed in work

Watch this session from the CIPD EDI conference on how to access this untapped pool of talent. Watch this insightful conversation featuring input and insight from our panel of experts. 

I didn't know what an employer expected. I'd listed skills, but Samantha explained that I needed to show what I'd learnt from my experience and that's what I had to get across. My CV was really improved by working with my mentor. I went over it with a fine-toothed comb. 

– Luke, graduate jobseeker 

The difference we make

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New funding to support women leaving prison into work

CIPD Trust, HMP Styal and the HMP Styal Employment Advisory Board secures funding from City & Guilds Foundation’s Big Ideas Fund.

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Mind the gap: Explaining gaps in your CV

Worried about what employers will think about gaps in your CV? Our free webinar will help you turn an employment gap into an opportunity.

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City and Guilds Foundation

Refugees are often highly qualified in their own countries. But they have some of the highest rates of unemployment in the UK. The City and Guilds Foundation supports our bursaries for refugees looking to gain CIPD qualifications or transfer their experience.  
The city and guilds foundation logo, established in 1878.

How you can help

If you’re in the people profession, a current member or a potential partner, together we can do more to tackle barriers to work. We’re here to help you make a difference.  
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