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Diversify your workforce

Organisations talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but what does that mean to you? How do you take simple steps to broaden your pool of talent?

Having a more diverse workforce can lead to increased productivity, creativity and profitability. Being more inclusive also builds your reputation and attracts new staff and customers. Diverse organisations are also better able to adapt to changes and are more innovative. 

In the following guides you'll find practical and often free or low-cost measures to source, attract and retain apprentices or employees you might have otherwise overlooked or had difficulty in accessing.

We'll offer tips on how you can widen your search for candidates and ensure your selection process is fair to all applicants. We'll also give you examples of the resources available to help you make the most of a new hire's abilities.

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Employer guides

"It is vitally important people like me have the opportunity to maximise our talents. Just because disabled people have different abilities, it doesn’t mean they cannot make a valuable contribution in the workplace."

- Jo-Ann Moran, a Scottish learning and development manager named in the 2018 New Year's Honours who has Usher syndrome, a hearing and visual impairment

One-to-one support

Our equality team is here to offer advice on good practice. We can help with questions on ways to:

  • promote apprenticeships to a range of groups
  • recruit more diverse apprentices
  • access funding to support your new employee or apprentice

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