Inclusion & diversity:
Can training be a catalyst for driving inclusion and diversity in our organisations?
In June 2021, we hosted a month-long series of pop-up events offering thought-provoking conversations and actionable steps to promote and improve inclusion and diversity at work.
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Impact so far
We asked attendees to make pledges after the events and to fill in a questionnaire to let us know how they felt their attitudes towards inclusion and diversity had changed afterwards. We’re incredibly happy to see the impact these events have had so far, and are looking forward to continuing to advocate for the right of everyone to live and work in an inclusive, diverse world.
We had 165 responses to our follow up survey, where people told us the following:
My pledges resulted in positive change.
I have better knowledge of I&D challenges in the workplace.
I am more open to differences in others and willing to learn more.
I take more ownership in building equity, diversity and inclusion.
Everyone should be able to realise and fulfil their potential. As employers, it’s our responsibility to learn about the diversity of thought and experiences that exist in our communities and societies. It is also our job to create inclusive, safe, fair workplaces and to empower diverse talent to build with us the successful organisations we strive for.
“It made me stop and think. I have sought out more material to build my knowledge and understanding. I have also started to call out behaviours in my social circle.”
“The series really helped me think more about other people’s challenges and blockers to living their true selves within work and the role that I play in creating a safe space for them to be able to do that.”
“That has made a big difference to the way I respond to the way people react both at work and in my personal life.”
“I feel in a better position to challenge people if I hear or witness inappropriate or unfair comments or behaviours.”
“The workshops that I attended definitely made me think, and continue to make me think, about how I can make effective changes.”
McKinsey presents compelling statistics that show financial gains for companies with greater gender and ethnic diversity in their executive teams and clearly more diverse organisations will be able to understand and respond to a broader range of customers and communities.
The education and skills sector has a huge role to play in supporting people of all backgrounds to progress and this is our moment to look forwards and play our part in creating a world in which everyone is given the opportunities they need to succeed.
The events so far
Event 1: Race inclusion – supporting black talent
Explore the importance of role models and allies in breaking down barriers at work for all ethnic groups.
When: Wednesday 02 June at 1pm
- Frank Douglas, CEO of Caerus Executive, City & Guilds Trustee, People Management D&I Power List 2020
- Sophie Williams, anti-racism advocate and author of Anti-Racist Ally and Millennial Black
Event 2: Marginalised groups – prison leavers
What can employers do to give people with criminal convictions fair chances to gain employment.
When: Tuesday 08 June at 11am
Surini Ranawake, Head of Employment Outcomes, New Futures Network
James Timpson OBE DL, Chief Executive of Timpson Group, Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute
Claire Wood, Chief of Staff and Marketing Services Director, Central Business Services at Deloitte LLP
Event 3: Developing neuro-inclusive workplaces
Event 4: Empowering LGBTQ+ people to succeed
What type of training do organisations need to ensure the retention and advancement of LGBTQ+ employees.
When: Tuesday 22 June at 11am
- Tanya Compas, Founder and CEO of Exist Loudly
- Dr Ann Limb CBE DL FRSA, Chair of City & Guilds, Number 1 Public Sector Executive OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2019
- Jason Sloan, Organisational Development Lead, GSK, INvolve Top 50 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model
Event 5: Gender Diversity – a women’s panel
Exploring how training is driving women inclusion in male-dominated industries.
When: Wednesday 30 June at 1pm
- Sonya Byers, Chief Executive of Women in Transport
- Alexandra Evreinoff, Managing Director of INvolve
- Charly Young, CEO of The Girls’ Network
- Carmen Watson, Chair at Pertemps Recruitment Partnership
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Our Inclusion & Diversity advocates
Chief Executive of Women in Transport
Founder and CEO of Exist Loudly.
Kirstie Donnelly MBE
Chief Executive, City & Guilds Group
CEO of Caerus Executive, City & Guilds Trustee, People Management D&I Power List 2020
Managing Director of INvolve
Professor Amanda Kirby
CEO of Do-IT Solutions
Dr Ann Limb CBE DL FRSA
Chair of City & Guilds, Number 1 Public Sector Executive OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2019
Founder of Me.Decoded
Head of Employment Outcomes at New Futures Network
Organisational Development Lead, GSK, INvolve Top 50 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model
James Timpson OBE DL FCGI
Chief Executive of Timpson Group, Fellow of the City and Guilds of London Institute
Chair at Pertemps Recruitment Partnership
Anti-racism advocate and Author of Anti-Racist Ally and Millennial Black
Chief of Staff and Marketing Services Director, Central Business Services at Deloitte LLP
CEO of The Girls' Network