Applications to be Recruiter Awards Charity of the Year 2024 have now closed.

After much deliberation please see the five charities shortlisted below, vote for your
favourite charity here by 12 July to be named Recruiter Awards Charity of the Year 2024.

Read the descriptions below of each charity before voting:


“Mum, I just feel like things are set up to make me fail.” – Harry, aged 8, after coming home from school. Autistic children like Harry are twice as likely to be excluded from school, with devasting impact to employment and quality of life. Right now, only 3 in 10 autistic adults are in employment, the lowest of any disabled group. Autistica, the UK’s leading autism research and campaigning charity, exist to transform the lives of 1.2 million autistic people like Harry through evidence-based solutions.

Our Employment Readiness Programme helps autistic young people (aged 14-25) to develop essential soft skills e.g., teamwork, communication, and critical thinking. It includes workplace shadowing and placements over 3-6 months to trial different roles in a real-world environment, leading to internships and job offers. Autistica also just launched the Neurodiversity Employers Index (NDEI®) to help companies become neuroinclusive. With over 500 employers enrolled and backed by the government who recommends the NDEI® in its Buckland Review, we are creating systemic change and revolutionising employment opportunities for autistic and neurodivergent people.

Fife Employment Access Trust
As well as delivering a high performing Individual Placement Support (IPS) service to adults in Fife
with severe mental health conditions, we have begun a volunteering-employability programme in
our base in a 27-acre public park and achieving excellent early results. We took on a long-term lease
of Silverburn Park from the local authority in 2019 and combined with our ongoing employability
programmes we have established enterprising activity – namely a takeaway cafe and
camping/glamping site – the campsite has already won an award and gained 3* Visit Scotland
accreditation and both enterprises provide further opportunities for employment for our service
user group.

Fight for Peace Education and Employment Services
Fight for Peace is a London based youth development charity that uses sports paired with personal
development to bring opportunity, aspiration and social mobility to children and young people
growing up in underserved communities. We work with over 1,000 children and young people each
year, aged between 7-25. Employability is one of our five areas of focus, along with education,
support services and youth leadership. We recognise that employment and financial inclusion are
key to transforming lives. In supporting pathways to further education and employment we help our
young members to find their passion and fulfil their potential. Fight for Peace Education and
Employment Services offer intensive and tailored alternative education and employability
programmes to support young people who face a number of risk factors, including being outside of
mainstream education, training and employment. Formal, nationally recognised qualifications are integrated with intensive mentoring, personal development, access to personalised employability
support, including goal setting, CV workshops and soft skills development supports young people
into sustained employment.

Gifted Women
Gifted Women is a small (but mighty!) Devon based charity, started in 2021. Through our life-
changing employability programme, we support women in Plymouth to overcome multiple
challenges in their lives so that they can find employment. By challenges, we mean contact with the
criminal justice system, removal of children into care, homelessness, and substance misuse. Our
unique function is to be the bridge between women referred by frontline organisations and socially
conscious employers providing workplace opportunities. We do this through our innovative
employability programme, which currently welcomes 12 women three times a year. Through our
game-changing programme, women are able to leave behind traumatic circumstances in favour of a
more positive, healthy, and affirmative life, filled with employment, purpose, and community.

Leadership Through Sport and Business (LTSB )
Leadership Through Sport and Business (LTSB) is a national, social mobility charity which transforms
disadvantaged young peoples lives through meaningful employment. Our mission is to help bright
young people who are from unpresented or overlooked communities into sustainable roles with
major firms. We ensure talent isn’t wasted and support 16-24-year-olds, who face multiple barriers
to employment, secure jobs which are equal to their ambition and ability. Crucially, with our long-
term approach, we help them keep them. At LTSB we aim to ensure that young people are as
equipped as possible to meet their career aspirations and are developing the relevant skills, tools
and networks needed to thrive in the professional world.