Inclusion & diversity

The latest stories in this category from the City & Guilds Foundation and our networks.

Interview with Jordan Stevenson, City & Guilds Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Product

Interview with Jordan Stevenson, City & Guilds Diversity & Inclusion Lead for Product

We caught up with Jordan to find out more about how we are changing the way we design products at City & Guilds to make sure everyone – whatever their background – has the best opportunity to succeed. As a Foundation, we are dedicated to removing barriers for people who to gain skills and get into work, so we are hopeful that this innovative, thoughtful, and practical activity will make a big difference – especially for those who are underrepresented and with less advantage. What inspired...

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City & Guilds launches Specific Learning Difficulties tool for trainers

City & Guilds launches Specific Learning Difficulties tool for trainers

This guest post is by Jordan Stevenson, the Diversity and Inclusion Product Lead at City & Guilds City & Guilds, in partnership with the Education Training Foundation: SEND excellence gateway, are launching a series of tools to support inclusive learning. This project was run as part of our Inclusive Curriculum Framework work at City & Guilds, to equip our trainers to confidently support students with disabilities. Being able to effectively support learners with disabilities in the...

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Invitation to take part: Improving Diversity in Craft Businesses with Cockpit

Invitation to take part: Improving Diversity in Craft Businesses with Cockpit

Calling all craft businesses. The craft world has a diversity problem – let’s change that. Craft businesses are invited to get involved in a new project to help improve diversity in the craft workforce. Our vision is a future industry where anyone, from any background, can get in and get on. Help us make it happen. Between October 2022 and July 2023, we will work with five businesses to explore and develop new approaches to improving workforce diversity. The opportunity is open to companies...

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Creating a diverse and inclusive online experience for our community

Creating a diverse and inclusive online experience for our community

To support our diverse range of stakeholders who visit our websites, the City & Guilds Foundation now provides enhanced accessibility support online to create a barrier-free user experience. We pride ourselves by going the extra mile to always improve communication and quality of service for our customers and staff. To fulfil this mission, we now provide Recite Me assistive technology on our websites, to enable all our website visitors to customise their experience in a way that best suits...

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Widening participation in heritage crafts: training bursary for Black and ethnically diverse makers

Widening participation in heritage crafts: training bursary for Black and ethnically diverse makers

The City & Guilds Foundation sponsors the Heritage Crafts training bursary targeted at Black and ethnically diverse makers, which is an under-represented group in heritage crafts. This guest post is by Daniel Carpenter of Heritage Crafts. For more information, see their website: heritagecrafts.org.uk. It is still the case that the UK craft sector does not accurately reflect the diversity of the UK as a whole and, for this reason, we are taking positive action to target this grant at Black...

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Unlocking refugee talent to access skilled people looking for work

Unlocking refugee talent to access skilled people looking for work

The City & Guilds Foundation recently ran a virtual event with our partners The Launchpad Collective to examine how to unlock refugee talent to access skilled people looking for work. The Launchpad Collective (TLC) connects employers with refugee talent. Steered by refugees, for refugees, working side-by-side with both job seekers and employers so that roles are filled and refugees are empowered to contribute positively to society. TLC also challenge the systems and inequalities that lead...

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Pride Month: celebrating LGBTQ+ inclusion in our networks

Pride Month: celebrating LGBTQ+ inclusion in our networks

The history of LGBTQ+ Pride Month LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to honour the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewall Uprising was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States and its impact was felt globally. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Pride march in the UK, a day when hundreds of LGBTQ+ people and their allies arrived in London to protest a society where we were not safe to be ourselves. The actions...

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Helping our partners in the offender / reoffending space to embrace neurodiversity

Helping our partners in the offender / reoffending space to embrace neurodiversity

Last week was my second week of secondment with the Foundation Team and I was fortunate to be able to attend a two-day Neurodiversity Train the Trainer event. It was delivered by Helen Arnold Richardson from DO-It Solutions, and was specifically for our Foundation charity partners who work with offenders and ex-offenders – all with one shared goal, to reduce reoffending. Our partners in this space includes St Giles, Groundwork, Bounce Back, No Going Back and HMP Hull – as well as colleagues...

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[Podcast] Lost Opportunities: The Hidden Cost of Caring

[Podcast] Lost Opportunities: The Hidden Cost of Caring

To celebrate Young Carers Action Day, Lauren Roberts, our Foundation Advocacy lead invited Rosario Waterlow, Corporate Partnerships Executive to talk about her lived experience of being a young carer and navigating the education system and employment. Listen to hear about what more educators and employers can do support young carers to tackle the growing issues of isolation.  At the City & Guilds Foundation we are all about removing the barriers that less advantaged members of our...

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[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Gender Diversity – a women’s panel

[Podcast] Inclusion & Diversity Series: Gender Diversity – a women’s panel

As part of the City & Guilds Foundation Inclusion and diversity events series, offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote equal opportunities and improve inclusion and diversity in your organisation. In this event we explored gender diversity and women inclusion in male-dominated industries. Women have made substantial progress in business and leadership positions. But many STEM-related fields are still resistant to gender diversity. How can...

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