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Advancing equality and diversity in universities and colleges


Home Equality and diversity good practice fund Funded projects Walsall Adult and Community College

Walsall Adult and Community College

Raising employability through equality and diversity in workplace culture

Keywords: Age, Apprenticeships and traineeships, Disability, Enabling careers advisers, Engaging employers, Race, Religion and belief, Sex, Sexual orientation

Region: West Midlands region

Aims

The overarching aim of this project was to enable college trainees and apprentices to increase their employability through a greater understanding of workplace culture in relation to equality and diversity. The project aimed to support the development of new approaches and tools that equip trainees and apprentices with the skills, knowledge and behaviours to overcome perceived and actual equality and diversity barriers, enabling them to be more aspirational in their choice of career.

Outcomes

Project activities included:

  • an analysis of current and previous traineeship and apprenticeship data
  • current cohorts completing a questionnaire addressing perceptions of equality and diversity in the workplace
  • trainees and apprentices undertaking activities, such as a World Café and ‘Bag of Assumptions’ activity to gain further insight

Trainees now have a better understanding of why equality, diversity and inclusion is important, and recognise the relevance to their journey towards work. In the longer-term, learners are raising their career aspirations, supported by careers staff who are now more mindful of the risks of hidden bias.

Resources

Project team

Main contact: Joanne Keatley: keatleyj@wacc.ac.uk