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
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.
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.
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