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the cross-industry Fairness, Inclusion
and Respect programme will invest
£1.5m in activities to help make the
sector more attractive to people of all
backgrounds. The funding will be used
to grow a network of 500 ambassadors,
who will promote fairness, inclusion
and respect in the workplace.
"Our industry is facing skills
challenges due to a strong pipeline
of work alongside external factors
like Brexit and an ageing workforce,
so it's vital that we widen the talent
pool," says Sarah Beale, CEO of CITB.
"This initiative will help employers
ensure their workplaces are open to
people from all backgrounds, bringing...
increased recruitment and productivity."
Finance and banking
The Financial Conduct Authority
(FCA), which regulates more than
56,000 financial firms, is leading
the way with a strategy to achieve
a diverse and inclusive workplace,
making diversity integral to attracting,
recruiting and developing people
at all levels of the organisation.
Elsewhere, the government's Women
in Finance Charter was introduced
in March 2016 to encourage financial
services firms to commit to creating
a gender balance at all levels. More
than 160 firms have signed the
charter, which requires firms to
publicly report on their progress.
Among the signatories is
Principality, the UK's sixth biggest
building society, which signed up in
July 2016. "Principality is committed
to putting diversity at the top of the
agenda and has a five-year diversity
and inclusion strategy that focuses on
having a colleague base that reflects
the make-up of the community
it serves,' says Rhian Langham,
Principality's head of human resources.
NCVO, which represents 13,000
organisations in England's voluntary
sector, says there is an awareness
among many of its members of the
need for diversity. Currently, fewer
than one in ten (8%) voluntary
sector employees are BAME, a lower
proportion than both the public
(10%) and private sectors (11%).
However, many charities are taking
steps to ensure their boards, volunteers
and workforce are increasingly diverse.
The Prince's Trust, for example, has
a stated aim "to build and sustain a
community which values and respects
people's different backgrounds,
characteristics, ideas and beliefs".
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