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June 20, 2018 / Corporate

Our UK businesses fully support new recommendations by The 5% Club to tackle the ‘diversity deadlock’. Action from business heads, industry sectors and the Government, is urgently required to drive a more diverse and inclusive uptake of earn and learn placements, according to The 5% Club in its new report, ‘Breaking the Deadlock,’ published today (Wednesday 20 June).

In the report, members of The 5% Club also detail ‘top tips’ to help companies offering earn and learn opportunities to attract, identify and retain candidates from every background - critical for both a strong society and strong economy.  For example, unconscious bias training and new ways of seeking potential candidates for our businesses.

 

 

We have been a member of The 5% Club since 2017 and are fully supportive of The 5% Club’s recommendations released today. We are well on the way to achieving our goals and these targets; recruiting apprentices, trainees and graduates across a range of disciplines as well as offering a range of development opportunities for our management in unconscious bias and other diversity related subjects.

 

 

‘Breaking the Deadlock’ involved consultation with members of The 5% Club and provides recommendations for tackling the ‘diversity deadlock’ in the UK’s workforce to ensure a diverse talent pipeline. According to The 5% Club, there are three key drivers for change: -

 

1. Business heads must demonstrate an unequivocal lead - improving the collection of diversity data should be a priority in order to set targets and measure progress;

 

2. Sectors must coordinate their approach to maximise impact. At present, a range of activities take place in a piecemeal fashion;

 

3. Government must deploy the right regulation to speed up the pace of change while ensuring a level playing field. Regulation must be achievable however, and must not be overly onerous

 

 

Scott Wardrop, Chief Executive said, “Increasing diversity and inclusion in general is something that I am personally passionate about. We have been working with Investors in Diversity and now with The 5% Club to tackle this issue, and I can already see the impact that young people are making to our business. We need to gain a more representative balance in our employees. That, for me, this is about empowering our leaders to make the right decisions on a daily basis.”

 

 

Kristine Pollock, Group HR and Training Director said, “We are actively promoting other campaigns to encourage STEM, Apprenticeships and more women into the industry, such as celebrating the International Women in Engineering day on 23rd June”.

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