Getting communities back to business

There are over 2.3 million people unemployed in the UK, of which 900,000 are aged between 16 and 24. We are playing our part in addressing this alongside other societal challenges like rehabilitation of ex-offenders, homelessness and student employability. Our contracts provide employment and training for over 14,000 people. As part of our plans for growth, we pledged in 2013 to invest £1 billion by 2018 – which will indirectly create 28,000 more jobs for local people.

Our approach

Supporting skills development of young people. Getting people into work. Rehabilitating communities. Boosting the economy.

Veolia’s Back2Business initiatives

As well as providing jobs, Veolia’s Back2Business strategy aims to attract and develop the skills Veolia needs now and in the future.

354 apprentices taken on, 54 positions filled in 2013
Permanent employment opportunities for ex-prisoners, 27 positions filled 2013


Back to business
Due to family break-up tied up with losing his job as a painter and decorator during the downturn, Darren found himself suddenly without work and living in a tent for seven months. It was only when he spotted a Business Action on Homelessness leaflet that things started looking up.

After a two-week placement with Veolia, Darren’s impressive commitment to the job eventually landed him a full-time position at one of our recycling facilities. “It certainly worked for me,” smiles Darren.