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Foreword Welcome to The Diversity Group 08/09 Directory, produced by Urban Publishing Ltd. This has been another very productive year; incorporating Urban UK into The Diversity Group, the number of carnivals and events we have held and visited visited this year and not forgetting the hard work that has gone into producing 09/10 Directory. The purpose of this Directory is to eliminate barriers to employment and education through reassuring people from all backgrounds that there are organisations offering an equal and fair chance, thus encouraging people to pursue careers, education and training regardless of age, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, and ultimately for the workforce of organisations to reflect the society in which they operate. It includes current information about equal rights, current legislation and helpful links for people who need advice on specific problems. Equality and diversity has evolved into a part of our everyday lives. There are however people in the UK from minority groups or backgrounds that don't believe this is the case. These people feel that they will be discriminated against and do not have the chance to pursue their ultimate career. The Diversity Group’s goals are to reassure and encourage these people from all backgrounds and situations that they have just as much right and opportunity to further themselves. The Diversity Group and Urban Publishing Ltd would like to thank all the organisations that have contributed to this Directory. Without these Organisations, we could never have produced such an informative and positive publication. Many Thanks

P Sesay - Smith Paul Sesay Smith Managing Director

SEX DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL PAY ACTS This is a brief summary of the Sex Discrimination Act and Equal Pay Act, the rights they give people, and how to make a complaint under these acts.

The Sex Discrimination Act (SDA) came into force in 1975. The Equal Pay Act (EPA) took effect in 1975. Each act has been amended a number of time since they came into force.

WHAT DO THE ACTS SAY? The SDA makes it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of sex. Specifically, sex discrimination is not allowed in employment, education, advertising or when providing housing, goods, services or facilities. It is unlawful to discriminate because someone is married, in employment or advertisements for jobs. It is also unlawful to discriminate in the employment field on the grounds of gender reassignment, or pregnancy and maternity. Harassment in employment, vocational training and further education is also specifically prohibited. The EPA says women must be paid the same as men when they are doing equal work and vice-versa

WHAT IS THE EOC? The Equal Opportunities Commission was created by Parliament in 1976. We have three main tasks: working to end sex discrimination promoting equal opportunities for women and men reviewing and suggesting improvements to the Sex Discrimination Act and the Equal Pay Act. The EOC does not deal with discrimination on the basis of race, age, disability or other grounds.

EMPLOYMENT Employers must not discriminate against you because of your sex or because you are married, because you have undergone (or intend to undergo) gender reassignment or because of your pregnancy or maternity leave. Harassment at work is also unlawful.This applies to recruitment, your treatment in your job, chances for promotion and training, dismissal or redundancy. Employers must not label jobs 'for men' or 'for women' except in some very special circumstances: a person's sex can be considered a 'genuine occupational qualification' in jobs such as acting or for reasons of privacy and decency.

EQUAL PAY Employers must not discriminate against you on the basis of sex, in relation to your pay. For example, if you and another colleague of the opposite sex are doing the same job but you are paid less then you have a right to equal pay – unless the employer can show there is a genuine reason for the pay difference which is not based on sex.

EDUCATION Co-educational schools, colleges and universities must not discriminate in the way they provide facilities or in the way they admit students. For example, all students should have equal access to the National Curriculum. The careers service must not discriminate between boys and girls in the way they provide advice and assistance. Single-sex schools may restrict admission to boys or girls, but they must not restrict the types of subjects they teach as a result.

HOUSING, GOODS, FACILITIES, AND SERVICES With a few exceptions, no one providing housing, goods, facilities or services to the public may discriminate against you because of your sex. For example, you must not be discriminated against when: applying for a mortgage or loan taking part in recreational activities buying or renting accommodation

ADVERTISING Advertisements must not show that the advertiser intends to discriminate unlawfully. The Equal Opportunities Commission can take legal action against advertisers who discriminate.

VICTIMISATION You are protected by the law in case you are victimized for trying to exercise your rights under the Sex Discrimination or Equal Pay Acts.

WHERE DO I TAKE MY COMPLAINT? If you feel that you have been treated unfairly because of your sex, marriage or gender reassignment you can take your complaint to a county court, in England or Wales, or to sheriff court in Scotland. If your complaint is about employment or equal pay you go to an employment tribunal. If your complaint is about education in a state school, college or university you must first give the Secretary of State a chance to exercise the Secretary's powers under the Education Acts.

HOW SOON MUST I TAKE ACTION? You must present your complaint of sex, marriage or gender reassignment discrimination in employment to a tribunal not later than three months (minus one day) after the act you are complaining about took place. You may be able to take a complaint after this time if you can show a good reason that you could not make your complaint earlier. Complaints about unequal pay can be presented to an employment tribunal at any time while in the job to which your claim relates and up to six months (minus one day) after leaving the job. If you are taking a case to a county or sheriff court you must begin your legal action not later than six months (minus one day) after the act you are complaining about took place.

WHAT DOES THE SEX DISCRIMINATION ACT SAY This is a summary of what the Sex Discrimination Act says, and what rights it gives you. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (SDA) prohibits sex discrimination against individuals in the areas of employment, education, and the provision of goods, facilities and services and in the disposal or management of premises.

It also prohibits discrimination in employment against married people. Since the Civil Partnership Act 2004 came into force on 5th December 2005, the same protection is afforded to those in a civil partnership as those who are married. It is not unlawful to discriminate against someone because they are not married.

Victimisation because someone has tried to exercise their rights under the SDA or Equal Pay Act is prohibited.

The SDA applies to women and men of any age, including children. Discriminatory advertisements are unlawful but only the Equal Opportunities Commission can take action against advertisers. The SDA applies to England, Wales and Scotland.

WHAT IS SEX DISCRIMINATION? The SDA prohibits direct and indirect sex discrimination. There are special provisions about discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity and harassment in employment. Part I of the SDA describes the forms of discrimination to which the SDA applies.

DIRECT SEX DISCRIMINATION This is where a woman (or man) is treated less favourably than a person of the opposite sex in comparable circumstances is, or would be, because of her (or his) sex.

INDIRECT SEX DISCRIMINATION In the employment field This is where a provision criterion or practice is applied (or would be applied) to both sexes but which puts one sex (or married persons) at a particular disadvantage and cannot be shown to be a proportionate means of meeting a legitimate aim. For example, a requirement to work full-time might be unlawful discrimination against women.

IN OTHER FIELDS COVERED BY THE SDA Indirect sex discrimination occurs when a condition or requirement is applied equally to both women and men but, in fact, it affects a significantly greater proportion of women than men (or vice versa) and is not justifiable on objective grounds unrelated to sex.

DISCRIMINATION ON GROUNDS OF GENDER REASSIGNMENT There are special provisions prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment in the employment field with certain exceptions. Harassment on the grounds that someone intends to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone gender reassignment is also expressly prohibited by the SDA. There are no express provisions prohibiting discrimination on grounds of gender reassignment in the other fields covered by the SDA. However, there is a good argument that the general definition of sex discrimination prohibits this, although there is not yet any legal authority on this point.

DISCRIMINATION ON THE GROUNDS OF PREGNANCY OR MATERNITY There are special provisions in the SDA prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy or maternity leave in employment. If a woman can show that 'but for' her pregnancy or maternity leave, she would not have suffered less favourable treatment, this is sex discrimination. She does not have to compare herself to how a man was or would be treated. There are no express provisions prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy in other fields covered by the SDA. However a woman who was discriminated against because of pregnancy outside of employment could attempt to bring a claim of direct sex discrimination, arguing that 'but for' her pregnancy she would not have been treated this way. However, she may have to be prepared to compare her treatment to how a man would have been treated in similar circumstances.

HARASSMENT There are special provisions in the SDA prohibiting harassment in employment, vocational training and further education. Harassment is defined as either: unwanted conduct on the grounds of the recipient's sex or; unwanted verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature In either case the conduct must have the purpose, or the effect of violating the recipient's dignity, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the recipient. It is also harassment to treat somebody less favourably because they have rejected or submitted to either type of harassment described above.Harassment on the grounds that someone intends to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone gender reassignment is also expressly prohibited by the SDA. There are no express provisions prohibiting harassment in access to goods, facilities and services but the recipient could take a claim of direct sex discrimination based on the fact that that the harasser would not have treated somebody of the opposite sex in this way.

DISCRIMINATION ON GROUNDS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION The SDA has been held by the courts not to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. Discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in the employment field is unlawful under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003.

DISCRIMINATION IN THE EMPLOYMENT FIELD In general, it is unlawful for an employer to discriminate directly or indirectly on grounds of sex or marriage in: Recruitment (although sex discrimination will be lawful if one of the defined genuine occupational requirements applies e.g. the job needs to be held by a man to preserve privacy and decency, or a role in a performance needs to be held by a woman for reasons of authenticity). Treatment at work (but note that claims relating to discrimination in contractual pay and benefits are brought under the Equal Pay Act). Dismissal.

Discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment, discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy and maternity and harassment are also expressly prohibited in the employment field (see above). Discrimination against ex-employees is also covered by the SDA where the discrimination complained of is related to the previous employment. Employees (and potential employees) have rights under the SDA whatever their length of employment and whatever hours they work. The SDA applies even if some of the work is to be done outside Great Britain. Even if the employee works wholly outside of Great Britain, they are still covered by the SDA if their employer has a place of business at an establishment in Great Britain and the work is for the purposes of the business carried out at that establishment; and the employee is ordinarily resident in Great Britain at the time when he applies for is offered the employment, or at any time during the course of the employment.

The SDA also protects people who are not "employees" in the sense required for some other employment rights, such as the right not to be unfairly dismissed. It protects people engaged under a contract personally to execute work or labour. Contract workers whose labour is supplied by their employer to another person (the principal) are protected against discrimination by the principal. Office holders are now also protected under the SDA. There are special provisions prohibiting discrimination by firms against partners or potential partners by trade unions and employers' organisations against members or potential members by authorities or bodies in conferring authorisations or qualifications needed for or facilitating engagement in a particular profession or trade by people providing vocational training including all forms of unpaid practical work experience and vocational guidance. by employment agencies by or in relation to barristers or advocates.

Part II of the SDA contains the provisions relating to discrimination in the employment field, except for the provisions about barristers, which are in Part III.

DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION Co-educational schools, colleges and universities must not discriminate directly or indirectly on grounds of sex in the way they treat or admit students. Single sex schools may restrict their intake to boys or girls (with very limited exceptional admissions of pupils of the opposite sex). Single sex schools which intend to change to co-educational admission, can get approval for a limited exemption from the SDA during the transitional phase.Local education authorities must not discriminate in carrying out their functions under the Education Acts.

Harassment in further education establishments is unlawful. Part III of the SDA contains the provisions relating to discrimination in education.

DISCRIMINATION IN THE PROVISION OF GOODS, FACILITIES AND SERVICES AND PREMISES With a few exceptions, it is unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly on grounds of sex in the provision of goods,facilities or services to the public, or a section of the public or in the disposal or management of premises. The main exceptions include: Discrimination by non-profit making voluntary bodies in restricting their membership to one sex or providing benefits to one sex only in accordance with their main object. Discrimination in the provision of facilities or services to avoid serious embarrassment to users which would be caused by the presence of members of the opposite sex.

Part III contains the provisions relating to discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services and premises.

IS POSITIVE DISCRIMINATION LAWFUL? In general, positive discrimination to favour one sex is not lawful. There are limited exceptions allowing discrimination in training, or encouragement to apply for particular work in which members of the relevant sex are under-represented. These lawful exceptions are often referred to as positive action. The positive action provisions are contained in Part V of the SDA.

HOW CAN AN INDIVIDUAL ENFORCE THEIR RIGHTS UNDER THE SDA? Employment related claims are brought in the employment tribunal. Other claims are brought in a county court in England and Wales or in a sheriff court in Scotland. Strict time limits apply: 3 months (less one day) from the act of discrimination for employment tribunal claims and 6 months (less one day) for other claims. Special provisions apply to claims about discrimination in the state education sector.

WHAT REMEDIES ARE THERE FOR UNLAWFUL DISCRIMINATION? Possible remedies include: A declaration that unlawful discrimination has occurred. Compensation for financial loss, injury to feelings and injury to health with interest. In employment tribunals, a recommendation that the employer take action which will reduce the effect of discrimination on the complainant

The Gender Equality Duty (GED) is a statutory duty which came into force in April 2007. All public authorities in England, Wales and Scotland must demonstrate that they are promoting equality for women and men and that they are eliminating sexual discrimination and harassment. Here you will find how GED is relevant to you, and get access all the resources you need to ensure you meet the requirements of the duty.

THE NEED FOR THE GENDER EQUALITY DUTY 30 years after the introduction of the Sex Discrimination Act [SDA], there is still discrimination. The rights of individuals do not oblige organisations to promote equality. The GED will bring about real change in the culture of organisations as the onus will be on organisations to promote equality, rather than on individuals to highlight discrimination.

THE DIFFERENCE IT WILL MAKE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC The gender equality duty should mean that women and men get services that mean their needs more closely. For example, you may recognise these situations from your own experience: Men are less likely than women to visit their GP, which means that they often seek treatment late in an illness. This is bad for their health and wellbeing, and costs the NHS more in the long run. For example, although women are more susceptible to lung cancer, more men die of the disease because they seek help late.

The Gender Equality Duty could see GPs improving the way they provide services to men, possibly by targeting men and providing drop-in clinics at sporting events or workplaces.

Women use public transport in different ways and for different reasons than men. They are more likely to need to access healthcare, childcare and food shopping as well as going to work. Unfortunately, transport services and town planning rarely recognise this, as routes are often aimed at commuters.They don't always provide easy access to transport for those carrying children or pushchairs, or recognise that women have a greater fear of travelling at night.

The Gender Equality Duty could see transport service planners improving bus routes across town to supermarkets, schools and health centres.

WHO HAS TO COMPLY WITH THE GENDER EQUALITY DUTY The general duty applies to all functions of every public authority. This includes councils, schools, hospitals and police authorities as well as central government departments. The definition of a publicauthority is 'any person who has functions of a public nature’ which is the same approach taken within the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and the Human Rights Act 1998. Because this definition is used the organisations covered by the general duty are not set out in a list. The gender duty applies directly to certain private or voluntary sector bodies when they are carrying out public functions on behalf of the state. An example of this is a private company who transports prisoners. Public bodies are still covered by the duty when services are contracted out to external organisations. This could include community transport, stationery or catering services.

WHAT PUBLIC AUTHORITIES WILL HAVE TO DO Public service providers and public sector employers will have to think about policies they develop and the services they deliver with the different needs of women and men in mind. Public service providers will need to look at who uses their services, and ask questions like:

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ISSUES AND PRIORITIES FOR WOMEN AND MEN WHO USE THE SERVICES WE PROVIDE? For example, during housing distribution, a man may be allocated a one bedroom house, without consideration being given to the fact he looks after his two children every weekend. DO THEY HAVE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS AND NEEDS TO BE MET BY OUR SERVICE? For example, women and men fear different types of crime. Women fear rape, mugging and physical attack more than men do. Yet more resources are directed at combatting crimes which men fear than those which women fear. This is particularly apparent in the case of sexual assault and rape. WILL WOMEN OR MEN BE PUT OFF USING A SERVICE BECAUSE OF LACK OF CHILDCARE OR AN UNSAFE OR UNWELCOMING ENVIRONMENT? For example, if a young mother attends college on a plumbing course, she may not be able to take the course if the childcare at the college does not open until 9am, but her course starts at 8am. The college may not have taken into account the needs of students with caring responsibilities, particularly in this case as plumbing is likely to be a male dominated course. This could also affect men, as they too may benefit from the childcare facilities. ARE THERE SOME SERVICES WHICH ARE MORE EFFECTIVELY DELIVERED AS WOMEN-ONLY OR MEN-ONLY? If there is enough evidence to show that services are needed for men-only or women-only. It will still be legal to provide single sex services, where there is a clear need to preserve decency or privacy, such as a women's refuge. Public authorities will also have to look at their employment policies to see how they affect women and men. Some gender issues they may have to think about are:

IS THERE A PAY GAP BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN DOING THE SAME JOB OR JOBS OF SIMILAR VALUE? How could flexible working help staff and how will it benefit men and women? How do we recruit staff and are we likely to get a good gender balance of candidates? Do we have a gender imbalance? If so, how could we try and rectify the situation? Do we have a good return rate from maternity leave? If not, why and how can we improve? Public authorities will also need to look at how their employment policies affect transsexual men and women. Some issues they may have to think about are: DO YOUR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY AND HARASSMENT POLICY COVER TRANS PEOPLE? DO YOUR PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES SUPPORT THE DIGNITY AND PRIVACY OF TRANS PEOPLE? For instance, when your organisation requests identification from employees, does it restrict it to items such as birth certificates. If so, a transgender person may have to inadvertently reveal their original sex to you against their wishes as they may not have been able to obtain a corrected birth certificate. DO YOU HAVE A POLICY ON SUPPORTING EMPLOYEES WHO ARE UNDERGOING GENDER REASSIGNMENT? For example, do you have a system to support existing staff who intend to "transition" whilst at work? Have you thought about the issues this could raise?

DO YOU ENCOURAGE JOB APPLICATIONS FROM THE TRANS COMMUNITY? For instance, have you got policies and procedures that would put obstacles in the path of prospective employees who may want to work for you? HOW PUBLIC AUTHORITIES CAN ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS Most major public authorities will have to follow a series of steps known as 'specific duties'. This includes setting their own gender equality goals and consulting their service users, customers and employees. They will then have to re-design or tweak services to make sure that they achieve the goals. For example: A local primary care trust may have a goal to 'decrease the number of fatal incidences of Coronary Heart Disease'. In order to achieve this goal, it should take into account the differences between men and women, and set out the actions it will take to address those differences. Men typically develop heart disease ten years earlier than women, but they are less likely to visit their GP. To ensure that prevention work is effective, the trust should look at their current service and to see how they could specificallytarget men, educate them about the risks at an early age, and set up a means of early diagnosis of the disease. By setting up medical units at football or rugby matches – which have a high concentration of men in attendance, the health trust will have set a goal and taken action to achieve the goal. Women, on the other hand, often underestimate the risk of heart disease. Although most women believe that breast cancer is the most pressing health worry, heart disease is a greater risk, causing some 20,000 deaths in the UK every year. Tests for coronary heart disease (CHD) are designed to be performed on men - yet the symptoms in men and women are different. Local action needs to be taken to make women aware of the risk of heart disease, and to make healthcare professionals aware of the different symptoms experienced by women.

The gender equality goals and plan to tackle them are known as an action plan. Major public authorities will have to have an action plan.

THE BENEFITS FOR PUBLIC AUTHORITIES AND ORGANISATIONS COVERED BY THE DUTY Any successful business strives to satisfy customers and retain good staff. By taking gender into consideration you could:

On services: Understand what women and men really need from your services Improve customer satisfaction by tailoring services to actual needs Better quality and more cost effective services More effective targeting of resources Improved service means fewer complaints and potentially more profit Less time dealing with complaints leaves staff more time to deal with core responsibilities More time working on core activity means higher efficiency On employment: Improve recruitment. Considering gender could help you fill the skill gaps you may have Flexible working and improving the work – life balance means happier staff and higher staff retention Equal pay for like jobs will prevent costly tribunal cases Action on maternity leave will increase staff returning – saving you money on recruitment More efficient use of talent in the workforce By complying as a private sector business or voluntary/charity organisation, you will be able to tender for contracts with public sector authorities.


Finding the right career can be hugely rewarding, so it’s worth putting some effort into career planning. Start by thinking about what motivates you as a person, then identify careers that match your skills and interests.

Finding a career to suit you While it can be tempting to skip straight to looking at specific careers, it’s often a good idea to first spend some time thinking about what motivates you as a person.What are your interests, inside and outside work - and what are you looking for from a career? Once you’ve worked this out, you can start building up a picture of your ideal job - then find out which careers match it most closely.

Things to consider when researching careers

The job market

After you’ve drawn up a shortlist of potential careers,

There’s competition in most careers, but some are

there are a number of issues you’ll want to consider

more competitive than others. Careers that are seen

before putting your plan into action.

as ‘glamorous’ can be difficult to get into without plenty


of unpaid work experience, enthusiasm and a certain

If you’re not prepared to move, you’ll need to consider

amount of luck. If you’re attracted to a career like this,

location. While you can probably find work as a travel

are you prepared to put in the extra effort?

agent in most large towns, if you’re looking to get into TV

Career progression

production there are likely to be more opportunities in

What opportunities are there to progress within the

London and other major cities.

careers you’re looking at? Once you’re in, how would


you get to the next stage - either within the same line

You’ll have opportunities for promotion in most careers

of work, or in a related field? What training is likely to

– but this doesn’t always translate to lots more pay. Is

be on offer?

doing something you love more important than a large salary?

What’s important to you in a job? Working conditions

Once you’ve considered the factors listed above,

What will doing the job actually mean day-to-day? If it

making a list may help focus your mind. Try listing

involves meeting lots of people and that's not your

those which are essential, and those which are ‘nice

thing, you might want to think again. Would you prefer

to have’. An example might look like this:

a job indoors, or wouldn’t you mind being outside in


the depths of winter?

involves dealing with people

Your circumstances

close to your current home

Your circumstances needn’t limit your career options.

earning at least £15,000 in your first year

There may be extra support available if, for example,

‘Nice to have’

you’re a lone parent or you have a disability. Follow the link below to find out more.

in public or ‘not for profit’ sectors opportunities to travel abroad linked to a favourite subject you’ve studied

What qualifications do you need? Looking at career profiles should give you a good idea of the qualifications you’ll need: see ‘Learning for work’ for information on how to get them. Adult learning or higher education can be a great way of opening up new careeropportunities. Remember that it’s never too late to return to learning.

As a starting point, you could try sitting down with a piece of paper and listing: courses you’ve taken in the past, or are taking now any jobs you’ve had, including voluntary work interests outside work any other significant experiences, like travelling

Finding a career to suit you While it can be tempting to skip straight to looking at specific careers, it’s often a good idea to first spend some time thinking about what motivates you as a person. What are your interests, inside and outside work - and what are you looking for from a career? Once you’ve worked this out, you can start building up a picture of your ideal job - then find out which careers match it most closely.

Then ask yourself: why you chose to do them which parts you really enjoyed which parts you found frustrating or boring which parts you were best at which parts you found a challenge what other people have said about your contribution what other people have told you you’re good at You should start to see some patterns emerging: the types of skills you enjoy using, the sort of

Career planning: where to start Unless you’ve got a clear idea of what you want to do, it can be difficult to know where to start. And if you do have a career in mind, how do you know whether you’ve considered all your options?

environment you perform best in and the types of people you like working with.You can use this knowl edge to help pinpoint areas of work you might enjoy.

Exploring types of careers

Careers advice by phone or email

Once you’ve got an idea of areas you might

Call learndirect Careers Advice on 0800 100

want to work in, the next step is to check out

900. You can also book a free call back from

some career profiles. These will give you

an adviser, or send a question by email.

information about the opportunities available in

Some people know what job they want to do

a particular line of work - and what skills and

from an early age – for others it’s not so

qualifications you’re likely to need. You can also

simple. Choosing a career is a big decision, but

get information about careers in particular

don’t be intimidated. There’s plenty of help

industries from Sector Skills Councils. Find the

available to help you find the career that’s right

council for the industry you’re interested in

for you.

through the Alliance of Sector Skills Councils. Help with career planning Talking to a careers adviser may help you focus on what you are looking for from a career - and work out how to get where you want to be.

WHAT TYPE OF CAREER WOULD SUIT YOU? A good way to start your planning is to think about what motivates you as a person. Make a list of activities you’ve enjoyed - both inside and outside school, college or work. What was it about them you liked? There are no right or wrong answers – but, for example, you might find that you enjoyed: Getting to know more about a particular subject Solving challenging problems Working as part of a team Meeting new people Once you’ve got a clear idea of your interests, the next step is to start looking for a career that matches up with them. Connexions Direct’s Jobs4U database has information on a huge range of careers, organised into ‘job families’.

PLANNING YOUR CAREER Finding a rewarding career is important to most people - and it takes a little planning. There’s always room to change your mind, but having a plan will: Make sure you’re aware of all the routes into your dream career Help you avoid ending up in a job you don’t like Make sure you know what you need to do at different stages in your life There’s plenty to consider before you’re ready to put your plans into action – including how to get the skills and qualifications you’ll need.

Yes. The Race Relations Act 1976 (as amended) makes it illegal to treat a person less favourably than others on racial grounds. Race discrimination covers all aspects of employment - from recruitment to pay, and training to the termination of a contract. What does race discrimination cover?

Discrimination covers four areas: 1.

direct discrimination - treating someone less favourably on racial grounds


indirect discrimination - applying practices that might favour one racial group over another


harassment - unwanted conduct that violates a person's dignity and creates a hostile or degrading environment


victimisation - unfair treatment of an employee who has made a complaint about racial discrimination.

Can jobs ever be restricted to certain ethnic or national groups? Yes. A genuine occupational requirement is a valid reason for restricting a job to people of a particular race or ethnic or national origin. A genuine occupational requirement may apply in limited circumstances - for example, to achieve authenticity a theatre company may need black actors to depict certain scenes.

ARE EMPLOYEES PROTECTED FROM SEX DISCRIMINATION AT WORK? Under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (as amended), employers should not discriminate on grounds of sex, marriage or because someone intends to undergo, is undergoing or has undergone gender reassignment.

WHAT DOES SEX DISCRIMINATION COVER? Sex discrimination covers all aspects of employment - from recruitment to pay, and training to the termination of a contract. It also includes applying requirements or conditions which, though applied equally to all, have a disproportionately detrimental effect on one sex or on married people and which cannot be shown to be justifiable (for instance to be job-related). There are limited exceptions: the Act permits employers, under certain conditions, to train employees of one sex in order to fit them for particular work in which their sex has recently been under-represented; they may also encourage the under-represented sex to take up opportunities to do that work.

IS THERE PROTECTION FROM DISCRIMINATION ON THE GROUNDS OF RELIGION OR BELIEF? Yes. The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 protect people from discrimination on the grounds of all religions and beliefs. The law means that an organisation's recruitment and selection procedures, as well as employment practices - such as dress codes and disciplinary procedures - must treat everyone fairly regardless of their religion or belief.

IS THERE PROTECTION FROM DISCRIMINATION ON THE GROUNDS OF SEXUAL ORIENTATION? Yes. The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 give protection from discrimination on grounds connected with sexual orientation. This includes 'orientation towards some one of the same sex (lesbian or gay men), opposite sex (heterosexual) or both sexes (bisexual)'.

The law means that an organisation's recruitment and selection procedures, as well as employment practices - such as dress codes and disciplinary procedures - must treat everyone fairly regardless of their sexual orientation.

Source: ACAS











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Citizens Advice values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from disabled and black and minority ethnic candidates, as disabled people are underrepresented throughout our workforce and black and minority ethnic people are underrepresented in management positions. For job opportunities please visit Most of the 26,000 people working in Citizens Advice Bureaux are volunteers – to find out more about volunteering with us, visit our website or call 08451 264264. WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR Citizens Advice, the national association, employs approximately 400 staff in full-time, part-time and home-based roles. We have various offices across England and Wales and are looking for people from all walks of life and backgrounds, who are committed to making a difference and want to contribute to our work. Roles include fundraising, policy and lobbying, training, administration, finance, IT, HR and specialist legal advice. Citizens Advice is an operating name of The National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux.

The British Red Cross is looking for a volunteer like you. We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities around the UK, so there is something to suit everyone. If you are interested please visit The Red Cross seeks to ensure that our organisation and our services are relevant and accessible to all. We value fresh perspectives and insights gained by involving and welcoming people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experiences.

The British Red Cross Society, incorporated by Royal Charter 1908, is a charity registered in England and Wales (220949) and Scotland (SC037738).

Delivering on Diversity Angela is mentored by Ralph Tabberer, Director General for Schools at the Department for Children, Schools and Families She says, “I look to him for open and honest feedback on my strengths and weaknesses, general careers advice, development opportunities such as job-shadowing or networking and help with understanding the wider civil service better. Most important of all I look to him as a trusted friend.”

Defra is proud to be associated with The Diversity Group At Defra we recognise that diversity enriches our organisation and is an essential ingredient of change and progress. We all have a responsibility to focus on breaking down the visible and invisible barriers that stand in our way of delivering high quality services and enabling our workforce to achieve their potential. Angela Patel, from our Climate Change Group is taking part in a Government scheme that mentors people from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups to develop their talent and fulfil their career potential.

Angela adds, “Diversity is important because it is vital to create an environment where everyone feels valued. It’s about maintaining a good team spirit which celebrates my skills and perspective.” Defra is committed to delivering an action orientated programme which benefits all of our people because we recognise that a society which excludes or disadvantages some of its members because of their background or origin is simply not sustainable; nor is it fair.

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Our core priorities are: Professional football Working with the professional game by offering advice and guidance on all aspects of race equality within professional football.

Kick It Out is football's anti-racism campaign. The brand name of the campaign - Let's Kick Racism Out of Football - was established in 1993. Kick It Out works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge racism and work for positive change. The campaign is supported and funded by the game's governing bodies, including founding body the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), the FA Premier League, the Football Foundation and The Football Association. 2004 marked ten years of campaigning. Internationally Kick It Out plays a leading role in the Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) network and has been cited as an example of good practice by the European governing body UEFA, the world governing body FIFA, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, European parliamentarians and the British Council..

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What is The Open University? It’s about great opportunities. Studying or working with us is both enjoyable and rewarding. Since we started in 1969 our unique ‘open learning’ approach has helped over two million people from all walks of life, and of all ages, abilities and nationalities to reach their goals. The OU transforms lives through education. It has become by far the largest university in the UK, now teaching well over 200,000 people every year. Our mission of promoting educational opportunity and social justice is as important now as it ever was. Our continual challenge is to enable people to build skills and confidence for an increasingly demanding labour market. Students who receive state benefits or have a low household income may be able to study with us for free or qualify for substantially reduced course fees. They may also be entitled to assistance with study expenses such as a computer or books. The success of the OU is due to our outstanding staff. We employ staff from a diverse range of backgrounds in jobs such as administration, IT, secretarial and admin support, accountancy, maintenance and management as well as academic and part-time tutor posts. We have a Black Researchers Group and a BME email network for staff. We have prayer facilities at our campus in Milton Keynes and support staff who choose to observe key religious festivals. We are fully committed to the development of our staff to achieve their potential through lifelong learning, offering a range of formal and informal training and development activities. We aim to ensure that staff are able to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities and to help meet individual and University objectives.

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC000391), an exempt charity in England and Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302)

The only entry qualification is motivation Students don’t need any entry qualifications for most of our courses. We help students to find the best course to start their studies, and provide ongoing advice about how to progress. We work closely with our students in diverse communities to make sure they get the most out of their relationship with us.

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Work with Children, make a Difference. About us The Pre-school Learning Alliance is a leading educational charity specialising in the early years. Our mission is to help children succeed, create the childcare that families need and to build learning communities. We provide practical support to over 15,000 early years settings and make a positive contribution to the care and education of over 800,000 young children and their families each year.

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You& a business at the forefront of finanical services You’re great with customers. You know what it takes to build strong relationships and deliver the best service in the business. Now it’s time to grow your career with Leeds Building Society. The UK’s 7th largest building society with a national branch network, a Leeds based Head Office and operations in Gibraltar, Spain and Ireland, Leeds Building Society is a stable and solid organisation to work for. Through our supportive culture, we are committed to developing our people to help them achieve their potential and increase their contribution to the success of the Society. We recognise achievement and encourage ambition. If you have that ambition and drive, Leeds Building Society could be for you. Whatever part of our business you are interested in joining, you’ll find all the information you need by visiting

Leeds Building Society is committed to equality and diversity. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. All disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be invited for interview. Minimum criteria is detailed on our website.

Individuality wanted The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency was established in April 2000 as an executive agency of the Department of Health. The Agency acts as a centre of expertise, knowledge and excellence, as well as advising on policy issues and on purchasing and supply matters for the Health Service. To view the roles we have on offer please visit the recruitment section of our website: We are positively committed to equal opportunities. The Agency aims to be a modern and equitable employer. We recognise and encourage the potential of a diverse workforce, and positively welcome all applicants on merit.

Everyday, we connect people from every part of the world, from the most diverse backgrounds possible. And everyday, this is made possible by an equally diverse group of people known collectively as Vodafone. We believe in encouraging a work force reflective of our customer base. And it doesn’t stop with the hiring. Once with Vodafone, our people are provided with the tools to best make use of their background. So whether it’s your religion, race, or the fact that you prefer apples over oranges, we welcome the difference that you will bring and will ensure our customers can benefit from it too. So if you’re a talented and motivated individual looking for a career with a world leading communications company, please visit our website.

Ordnance Survey is at the forefront of the fast moving geographic information industry. From much-loved paper maps to cutting-edge the location-based services market. of technological advances in a modern society. We have a diverse workforce, contributing a range of expertise to a rapidly evolving industry.

DCMS is a key government department which aims to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion tourism, creative and leisure industries. We are also responsible for delivering a successful 2012 Olympic Games.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all people regardless of ethnic origin, religion/belief, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or disability.

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For information about our Equality Scheme and to see our current vacancies please go to our website,, or phone 023 8079 2000.

DCMS provides equality of opportunity and we don’t tolerate discrimination on any grounds and seek to employ a workforce which reflects the diverse community we serve. For more information about DCMS, please visit:

Which of the following do you think the Highways Agency is responsible for? - Helping you make your journeys safely and reliably - Investing in improved services such as new roads and traffic technology - Providing useful information to help people plan their journeys - Clearing up incidents quickly and safely - Protecting the environment In fact, we do all of the above. We manage everything about the traffic on our roads (as well as building them) due to the transformation the Agency has undergone since it was first established. Our transformation is a result of innovative thinking, hard working staff and a desire to continually improve the service we provide to customers. To ensure we carry on delivering a service that meets their needs we need people like you. Your journey starts here. Whatever role you are interested in, you can set the wheels in motion now. Visit for more information.

Jennifer began her career at the Highways Agency in 2004 - she stated that flexible working hours was one of the initial attractions for her joining the Agency. Over the past two years, Jennifer has worked as a Marketing and Promotions Manager and has been involved in promoting the many information services that are available to our customers when planning their journeys. “This position has provided me with the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment on a broad range of interesting projects”. Jennifer believes that another attraction for working at the Highways Agency is the career development options on offer. “The Agency is providing me with study support for an external marketing qualification. If you are interested in career development, there are several routes to opt for; the Agency does not have a ‘one size fits all’ policy so there is bound to be one that suits you”. Rob is a Chartered Civil Engineer and has worked as a Project Manager for over 20 years. “I joined the Highways Agency to work on larger projects and since joining the Agency five years ago I have worked within the team that is widening the M25”. The M25 is one of Europe’s busiest motorways and is at the core of our road network. In order to manage traffic flows more successfully, the remaining three lane sections of the carriageway are being widened to four. Rob is specifically managing two sections of the widening project and has been involved with many complex and varied tasks from carriageway repair to the production and publication of an environmental statement. When discussing this role Rob explained “I really enjoy working on this project (the largest the Agency has undertaken to date) due to its differing challenges and experiences”.

I was the most popular person at the party when I said I worked for the British Antarctic Survey. People always make assumptions and I just love surprising them. When you tell them you’ve worked in Antarctica, it really does turn heads. You could say I have a spirit of adventure and you definitely need one to work in one of the most remote and fascinating places on earth. Your skills are absolutely vital in maintaining the life of the stations down there and you’ll be there supporting genuine research into issues such as global warming which affect us all.

Not that it’s all work and no play. There’s plenty of time to really experience what Antarctica has to offer. Plus all your essentials like food and living arrangements are funded, so you see a lot more of your salary when you get back. If you want to enjoy a different kind of challenge, then why not find out more about working in Antarctica. It’s thousands of miles away from the everyday. Further information is available on our website You must be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.
















































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It’s non-stop. It’s busy. It’s exciting. And if you enjoy meeting people from around the world and turning your hand to all manner of situations, you’ll thrive here. Founded in 1997, we’ve quickly become the UK’s leading travel retailer with stores across seven UK airports. We now have 173,500 square feet of retail space. And we’re still growing! We are always on the lookout for outstanding customer service staff and managers who can provide our customers with the most amazing retail experience. Our product range is vast and include perfumery, skincare, confectionary and sunglasses to name but a few. For all our current vacancies, please visit our website at or contact our recruitment number on 01491 635310

EMBRACING DIVERSITY “I am not a tick box, I am a person.” In social care there is no ‘one size fits all’. People should not be defined by their ‘condition’, and neither should they have to suffer discrimination because of their ethnicity, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion, or have their beliefs ignored. CSCI is committed to embracing and mainstreaming human rights, equality and diversity into everything that we do. Consulting with people who use and work in care services as well as our own staff, we have an overarching Human Rights, Equality and Diversity Strategy, which sets out how we will promote equalities and diversity in all that we do. It addresses all six strands of equality and diversity – race, belief, age, gender, sexual orientation, impairment and Human Rights – and includes our Race Equality Scheme, Disability Scheme and Gender Equality Scheme. They detail our responsibilities and commitments as a public authority in regard to people who provide and use social care, local councils and our own staff.

We have also established an external stakeholder group made up of people who use services. This group is known as the Experts by Experience Equalities and Diversity Group. Members come from across the country, and reflect all of the strands of diversity. Some members come from user-controlled organisations, others are individuals who use social care services. The group provides a source of expert advice and guidance for CSCI, specifically around equalities and diversity. It ensures that CSCI has properly considered human rights, equalities and diversity issues in all its work and plans from the perspective of people who use social care services. The group has three main functions: •to assist CSCI to shape, influence and deliver its equalities and diversity agenda, particularly in relation to people who use social care services •to assist CSCI in shaping, developing and delivering its corporate plan in a way that properly considers all equalities and diversity issues for people who use social care services •to assist CSCI in the monitoring of the implementation of its equalities and diversity strategy. CSCI also has three equality and diversity groups for its employees. These are the Black Workers Group; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workers’ Group and the Disability at Work Group. These groups aim to support and encourage the wider diversity agenda throughout the Commission's work, acknowledging the issues of multiple discrimination that many face. As well as supporting each other, the groups seek to improve and promote better outcomes for people who use services, and are supported at the highest levels of the organisation. The Black Workers’ Group (BWG) is open to all black and ethnic minority workers in CSCI. The BWG aims to minimize isolation and provide a safe, receptive and supportive environment for black workers employed by CSCI. The Disability at Work Group (DAWG) is open to all staff working within CSCI with or without a disability. The DAWG aims to educate, signpost staff, raise awareness, and promote an inclusive working environment. The group works very closely with the other diversity staff groups to ensure issues of multiple discrimination are addressed. It also works closely with business systems to ensure assisted technology is provided to empower the individual. The CSCI Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Workers' Group (LGBTWG) is open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff in CSCI. Our sexual orientation is an important part of who we are. Seeking to minimize isolation and provide advice and support to members, the Group is also a source of expertise and support to the Commission in developing human rights, equality and diversity focus and strategies. CSCI also has a Dignity At Work Advisor (DAWA) scheme and a cohort of equalities and diversity champions across the organisation. These ensure that staff and others have key contacts with whom they can raise queries and receive support should the need arise. For more information about the Commission or our human rights, equalities and diversity work, please visit our website at where you can also search for care services by post code, see their quality ratings (from 0 to three stars) and download or order inspection reports. You can also call our customer services number on 0845 015 0120. We can provide information in other formats too, like Braille or another language, but this may take a little longer.

Please note: from April 2009 a new Care Quality Commission is expected to take over the work of CSCI.

Action for Children We belong to you Do you want to belong to us? Ever thought about volunteering for a children’s charity? Action for Children is committed to helping the most vulnerable children and young people in the UK break through injustice, deprivation and inequality, so they can achieve their full potential. To learn more about Action for Children and how you could get involved in our work, please visit our website or call us on 08457 626579 for more details.

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At Action for Children, we believe that one of our greatest strengths is our commitment to embracing diversity – in the services we provide, the communities we work in and in the people who work for us and with us, so that we can always be there for children for as long as we’re needed. Volunteering roles come in all shapes and sizes, and we need volunteers who come from all walks of life… You can be a buddy for a young person… You can help disabled children have more fun… You can work with families in local communities… You can help raise money to fund our community-based projects and services… You can help people speak up for themselves and know their rights… You can make a difference!

‘I help out with trips to theme parks and zoos, and with school holiday play schemes, as well as doing other stuff for the centre like helping out with their admin and on reception. I get a real buzz out of working with the children and I’ve learnt loads about different disabilities through being friends with them.’ Fayed, Walsall Resource Centre

‘My volunteering has opened so many new doors that otherwise would have remained unopened. Thank you!’ Emma, Kinson and West Howe Children’s Centre

We are always looking for people who share our commitment to improving the lives of children and young people. To learn more about Action for Children and how you could get involved in our work, please visit our website or call us on 08457 626579 for more details.

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Like you, we’ve had enough of labels. We pride ourselves on having a work environment that is open, free and refreshing. And we certainly don’t pin labels on anyone. Here at Barnardo’s, you’ll find everybody is treated as the individual they are. Because we believe that regardless of their background, everybody can help to enhance the lives of children, and the more diverse our workforce, the more vibrant our culture. For information on careers at Barnardo’s, visit: We believe in embracing diversity and flexible working. Barnardo’s Registered Charity Nos 216250 and SC037605.


Why is equality & diversity important to Barnardo’s? Barnardo’s staff believe in children, regardless of their circumstances, gender, race, disability or behaviour. We believe in the abused, the vulnerable, the forgotten and the neglected. We know that some children and young people may experience difficulty because of their identity or circumstances, which is why equality and diversity is important to us; our vision is that the lives of all children and young people should be free from poverty, abuse and discrimination.

How do we live our vision? By working with children, young people, families and carers from diverse service-user groups, we run wide-ranging projects in local communities. A current example is the new three-year ‘Enacting our Vision’ strategy, aiming to improve Barnardo’s organisational performance, through: • Achieving greater racial diversity of both employees and volunteers in all areas and at all levels of the organisation; and, •

Doing more to meet the needs of Black and Minority Ethnic children, young people and families.

Performance will be measured over time and the involvement of all staff, particularly those identified as black and minority ethnic, is imperative to carry it forward.







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Cambridgeshire Constabulary is a rapidly improving Force and after some real challenges, we’re embarking on an exciting journey in a new direction. If you are looking for an innovative career or you’ve always wanted to be a Police Officer look no further than Cambridgeshire Constabulary. We have a variety of opportunities available throughout the County which could offer a fabulous career prospect – the more traditional Police Officers supported by Special Constables, Police Community Support Officers, as well as administration and specialist support roles within Police Staff group. With this variety of positions available there is always a career for you!

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ILE H W H T R A WO ROLE FORE E V E RY O N All roles - uniformed and civilian We have all kinds of roles for all kinds of people at Bedfordshire Police. Whatever your background - and whether you want to work full-time, part-time or as a volunteer in a uniformed or support role - you could soon be protecting and serving your fellow citizens as a valued member of a compact ‘family force’ that really is driving down crime. Find out where you could fit in at We strive to achieve diversity in our workplace to reflect the community we serve.

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The college of the future, shaping your future We are committed to the promotion of equal opportunities, to the pursuance of non-discriminatory practices and to the elimination of unfair discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, class, ethnic origin, political belief, disability or special needs. The College welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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We offer the opportunity to develop your career in Support Work – and make a difference to young people’s lives by contributing to their education, social development and personal care in a beautiful setting in Surrey. No experience required as full in-house training leading to NVQ Level 3, or equivalent, is available. Single affordable accommodation may be available for those working on residential houses.

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Goldsmiths, University of London is one of the most exciting universities in the UK, with a reputation for innovation and creativity. We have made an important contribution to the education of the nation’s teachers since the early 1900s. Within the Department of Educational Studies, we study education in a variety of contexts and levels. At undergraduate level there is the BA (Hons) Education, Culture and Society, while our vibrant postgraduate MA and MPhil/PhD programmes enable students to pursue research areas of particular interest. Alongside this wide-ranging study of education we offer a number of routes into primary and secondary teaching, including Postgraduate/Professional Graduate Certificates in Education (M-level optional) and a range of Employment-based Routes. Our students come from a diversity of social and cultural backgrounds, some from South East London, others from all over the UK and increasingly from overseas. Many come to us after a break from full-time education. Our teaching and research reflect our commitment to social justice and inclusion, and the contribution education can make to their realisation. If you share these values and have an interest in education in its broadest sense then Goldsmiths Educational Studies is the place for you.

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YOUNG ATHLETES WITH DISABILITIES TAKE CENTRE FIELD 230 students took part in the 2008 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Disability Games, in the fabulous setting ofthe English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

With the athletes supported by 95 young volunteers and buddy helpers from Sheffield and Scarborough, The Yorkshire & Humber Region of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award staged the second Disability Games at The English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. More than 230 students, aged between 14 and 19 and with varying disabilities, competed in teams of eight at the event. They took part in a range of different sports including athletics, archery, football, basketball, goal ball and boccia. Most competitors were DofE participants and for those that weren’t the event was a taster of what they could get involved with in the future. Each year, over 6,400 young people with disabilities take part in DofE programmes throughout the UK. One volunteer at the DofE Disability Games was 17 year old Faisal Idris, currently doing his Bronze DofE through the Score Project. He said: “I started my DofE in year 10 because I thought it would benefit me in interviews. I enjoy volunteering because I have a laugh while helping others, get to share my skills and learn new ones. Doing your DofE makes you more confident and through volunteering you are helping others which makes you feel good.” The Score Project is a joint initiative between The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, Sheffield United and the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA. The aim of the project is to reach out and inspire young people in an environment other than school. It provides positive outlets for safe, self-expression through meaningful, exciting activities within the environment of a professional football club. The project is the brainchild of Norman Gill, the Development Officer for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Sheffield. Norman’s role is to inspire and motivate young people to realise their potential in life, whatever their social status may be, and encourage youngsters to excel and develop their life skills through participation in the UK’s leading award for young people –

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

By bringing together the County FA, who provide the expertise in football coaching and football related development programmes, and the city’s highest placed football team – Sheffield United, to work with the DofE Charity, the Score Project is perfectly positioned to deliver, encourage and motivate young people who may have difficulty at school. Also funded by the Football Foundation, the project has proved that organisations can join forces to help the youth focus on positive behaviour and help reduce issues such as crime and provide young people with alternative ambitions and academic qualifications. Neil Forrest, Director for the Yorkshire and Humber Region of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said: “We are hugely grateful to Sheffield City Trust and Sheffield City Council for the generous support, which enabled us to stage the games for the second time and build on the success of the 2006 Games. Those who took part gained a great sense of achievement and many competitors use the event as a spring board into sport. “Most of the young people who took part are DofE participants and the Games offered them the chance to gain experience of DofE elements such as volunteering, teamwork and new skills, whilst for others it was a taster for their future DofE involvement. For our young volunteers, the day counted towards their Volunteering section of their DofE programme.” Uriah Rennie, Community Liaison Manager for Sheffield City Trust, said: “The event was a huge success in 2006, so we were delighted that our funding enabled the Games to take place in Sheffield once again in 2008. I am sure that all the young athletes that took part enjoyed competing in front of the big crowd at the magnificent EISS.”

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is working to create a culture where everyone recognizes and respects diversity. We aim to work with all our communities, preventing accidents and fires by understanding people’s needs and helping to keep them safe as well as responding to emergencies. To be really effective in delivering the full range of our services, we need people from a variety of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds and lifestyles, with a range of skills, qualities and attitudes. If you wuold like to find out more about working for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, please visit our website, or contact us on 01277 222531

With 1.3 million employees, the NHS is Europe’s largest employer, with all the opportunities and benefits that presents. Join Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT and you won’t get lost in the crowd. Our vision is simple. We want the 220,000 people who live here to have the fastest-improving health in England. So there’s still a lot of work to be done – and we need all kinds of people to help. From clinical and professional opportunities in Finance and Procurement to trainee roles for graduates and school leavers, all of our careers come with great prospects and the support you need to make the most of them. In this small, friendly part of a nationwide organisation, you’ll also enjoy early responsibility, high visibility and plenty of opportunity, both within the local area and beyond. Plus there’s the satisfaction of knowing you’re making a real difference to so many lives. As part of the NHS family of employers we offer comprehensive rewards, including generous holiday entitlement, flexible working, family-friendly policies and a defined benefits pension scheme. We also provide relocation assistance where needed. Applications are preferred on-line, please visit If for any reason you cannot apply online; please contact the Recruitment Department on 01502 719860 (24 hour answer phone).

End poverty. Together. is one of the UK’s most innovative overseas development charities. Working alongside the poorest and most marginalised people, our vision is a world free from poverty and injustice. If you believe you have the passion and commitment to help us meet this challenge then we would love to hear from you.

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Look no further because we encourage men and women from all backgrounds to consider one of a number of careers. This could be as a firefighter, control operator, community fire safety officer or in one of our business support teams such as Human Resources, Finance, Information Systems, or Media and Communications. To find out more about a career working for us and see our current vacancies go to our website at:

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The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is a committed equal opportunities employer that really values staff as individuals. The Council is working to develop its status as an inclusive employer, with a workforce that is as diverse as the community it serves and who will deliver the exciting plans ahead for the Borough. We’re proud of our past, and see it as an outstanding foundation; however we think that our modernising initiatives can only help us to build an exciting future. Over the next 15 years our population will grow by 100,000 and with the London 2012 Olympics and Thames Gateway regeneration projects; there’s never been a more exciting time to join us. You can make a big difference to our Council and if you would like more information about working for us, please see our website at or contact Neil James on 020 8227 2495 or via email at

North Dorset District Council is committed to promoting Equality, challenging discrimination and encouraging social inclusion. We welcome applications from all sections of the community, operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled persons who meet the person specification criteria, and promote flexible working arrangements. For more information on current vacancies or for details about the services we offer to our diverse community please visit:

Supporting people to make their own choices Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust employs over 3,000 staff in a great variety of roles, both clinical and non-clinical. These include the internationally renowned St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns. Given our range of specialties we believe we are “more than a District General Hospital”.

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This is an exciting time to join MEHT. We aim to become a Foundation Trust Hospital in early 2009. We are building a new hospital due to open in 2010 which will improve the working environment for staff and benefit patients. We are the regional centre for Head and Neck Surgery in Essex and for upper GI cancer services. We have embarked upon Fit for Business, a programme designed to ensure all our staff are fit, healthy and highly motivated.

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Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College is one of the largest and most diverse Colleges in the UK. We offer a stimulating work environment with a wide variety of employment opportunities. We actively encourage continuing professional development, career progression and continuous improvement.

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We offer generous terms and conditions, a final salary pension scheme and discounted on-site gym facilities. For teaching staff you may also be eligible to apply for a ‘Golden Hello’. To find out about our current vacancies and other benefits of working with us go to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College is an Equal Opportunities employer and welcomes applications from suitably skilled applicants from all areas of the community.

Our door is always open, so why not study with us or join our team of highly dedicated staff at Weymouth College! With over 7,000 students from across Dorset, the South West of England and the rest of the UK, as well as overseas,Weymouth College offers a diverse range of courses, excellent facilities and a team of highly dedicated and experienced staff who provide guidance and support as well as quality teaching.With a friendly and stimulating environment with modern equipment and facilities,Weymouth College is the ideal place to study or work.

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The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is an intelligence-led agency with law enforcement powers reducing the harm caused to people and communities by serious organised crime. SOCA builds knowledge and understanding about serious organised crime and the harm it causes, attacks criminal assets, increases the risk to organised criminals through proven techniques and new tools, collaborates with partners, and builds our capacity to make a difference. We are committed to employing talented individuals who share our vision of working to reduce the harm that serious organised crime causes to society and to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities we protect. SOCA treats everyone with respect and dignity, providing a positive environment in which everyone feels valued. For more information and details of current employment opportunities visit our website

“individuals must work smarter as well as harder” Winner of the hit BBC series The Apprentice, Timothy Campbell has now left Amstrad PLC to start his own entrepreneurial venture; a social enterprise initiative – The Bright Ideas Trust. He was the former Project Director of the Health & Beauty division within Sir Alan Sugar's company, Amstrad PLC. Prior to working for Sir Alan Tim had a successful career with London Underground and progressed from a Graduate Trainee to a Marketing Project Manager before applying for the business programme. When he left Amstrad earlier this year to launch his own business, Sir Alan’s message to Tim was testament to his ability and potential. “He has been a great asset to the company and I wish him the best of luck for the future. He was the right choice and I will be there to offer any help and guidance should he need it.

”Tim reflects on his time with Sir Alan in the following way. “What The Apprentice showed is that with a level playing field anyone can achieve success as long as they are willing to invest the time and effort. Unfortunately the real world is not so transparent. But that is not to say that it cannot be negotiated successfully. Knowing the ‘rules of engagement’ individuals must work smarter as well as harder.” Tim, 31, has gone on to found The Bright Ideas Trust, a social enterprise established to encourage young budding entrepreneurs to start business ventures, by giving them greater access to start-up finance and business mentors and advisors. The Bright Ideas Trust has already generated much excitement and interest from business and innovative young entrepreneurs alike, not to mention receiving both Government backing and praise from senior MPs across all political parties.

“anyone can achieve success as long as they are willing to invest the time and effort”

Tim is well respected within business. He has shown a talent and ability to actualize his ideas and plans. With his positive outlook on life and what can be achieved by taking that stance and he wants to make changes. He has spent much time within various communities and institutions, promoting an entrepreneurial culture and motivating others, particularly the younger generation, to pursue their dreams. He is also emphasizing that Social Enterprise, far from being the ‘Third’ sector, should be viewed as the ‘Champions League’ of business models; Tim has never hugged a tree in his life! He is a Cabinet Office Social Enterprise Ambassador and a Child Ambassador for London appointed by Beverley Hughes, the Children’s Minister, to focus on the particular problems of the capital’s young people.

Tim is also closely involved with the Jack Petchey Foundation, the ACLT and the Centre for Social Justice, as well as an active supporter of the NSPCC, Learn Direct and Connexions. He is the face of the British Library’s campaign to promote their services and has been described as ‘the human face of business’ as one broadsheet newspaper referred to him.“With the right support and partnerships I see no reason why business cannot change the world for the better and I cannot continue to pass on positive messages and help to others, particularly the next generation. I think we can achieve the unthinkable and that starts now.” he said. And why not? Tim likes a challenge!

teaching Our School of Education in Bedford is one of the largest providers of initial teacher training (ITT) in the UK. We have well-established links with more than 500 primary and secondary schools and are constantly at the forefront of educational developments. In a recent Ofsted inspection we were awarded the highest grade – Grade One – for the management and quality assurance of our teaching. We offer a wide range of teacher training courses which enable people from all backgrounds to develop a career within a broad range of roles covering teaching, education and other related services. We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from students from ethnic minority communities. Find out more: tel: +44 (0)1234 793279 email via:







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to be adopted by a family who knows what it’s like to be me Children who live in the care system can sometimes find their identity slipping away. To help them rediscover who they are, our children need adoptive parents whose cultural backgrounds match their own. They need a family who can help them make sense of their lives and be positive about who they are. Single people and couples with a variety of backgrounds and ages adopt every year and adoption is open to more people than you might think.

Apart from the obvious statutory requirements – to protect the child and you – all you really need is a willingness to understand and the ability to offer your adopted child trust, security and love. If your family links into Black and mixed-race cultures and you’re thinking about adoption we would like to hear from you.

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Various opportunities for Police Officer, Special Constable and Police Staff positions exist within Northamptonshire Police and Leicestershire Constabulary, as advertised on our Force websites. As equal opportunities employers, applications are positively welcomed from females and minority groups New vacancies added every Friday on 08453 700700

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Opportunities Marshall Aerospace, Cambridge, is the UK’s leading independent aerospace company with a worldwide reputation for engineering excellence. MA prides itself on the quality and skills of its employees, and the company invests heavily in staff development at every level. Operating from its own Training Centre, MA can offer engineering opportunities including Apprenticeships, Graduate schemes, Adult Re-training and continual Personal Development. The Airport Cambridge CB5 8RX England Tel +44 (0)1223 373737 Fax +44 (0)1223 321032

let your career take off at East Midlands Airport with East Midlands Airport has over 106 companies based on site with over 7000 people employed within those companies. There is a strong history of promotion from within companies, making for a career based workforce rather than a temporary one. 48% of people who work here are based in the Passenger Handling industry, while 41% work with our Freight Handling companies who deal with over 50 thousand parcels an hour during the night time hours when the cargo flights arrive. The Airport is also home to non-airport related companies like Price Waterhouse Cooper the Accountancy firm and Central Networks which is part of Eon with around 19% of people working in these occupations. There are jobs here for everyone and to suit all abilities; there are opportunities to grow personally and professionally with our Skills Academy on site which teaches Skills for Life, English for Speakers of other Languages, National Vocational Qualifications, and Management Courses. We work closely with other organisations and are able to offer New Deal placements, and work trials for people who have been out of work for some time. The Airport is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, and contrary to popular belief most jobs are Permanent and Full-time. In fact we only take on around 500 staff for the summer period only. Year on year we grow in numbers of permanent staff as the Aviation Industry grows around us. It is predicted that by the year 2010 we will have nearly 10,000 people working on site. All of our jobs are advertised on the web site at there is also an upload facility for people to leave their CVs. These are kept on a data base and sent along to companies when vacancies arise that match the skills given. So for a career that will really take off, apply now for a job at East Midlands Airport.

Linkage Community

What is Linkage?

We are a Lincolnshire based charitable trust providing specialist educational, residential and employment services to adults with learning disabilities. Our services are provided across Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire, with sites at Lincoln, Grimsby, Mablethorpe, Skegness, Louth, Alford and in the Spilsby area.

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If you are interested in challenging, rewarding work supporting our learners and service users, where no two days are the same, please call the Personnel Team on 01522 815032 or e-mail and visit our website at for further information.

Lincolnshire Partnership Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust would like to invite you to get involved in the Trust's equality & diversity agenda. If you would like to contribute, please contact the Diversity Team at or by writing to Diversity Team (HR) Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Cross O'Cliff Court BraceBridge Heath Lincoln LN4 2HN Telephone: 01522 515330

NHS Foundation Trust 01785 223800 Earl Street Stafford ST16 2QR

Committed to equal opportunities

The University of Essex is a dynamic institution with a worldwide reputation for academic excellence, committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We have campuses in Colchester, Southend and at our famous East 15Acting School at Loughton. We welcome applications for jobs and degree schemes from disabled people and people of all races and backgrounds. For more information on job vacancies please visit: or telephone: 01206 873433 For more information on degree schemes please visit: or telephone 01206 873666

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NEWS EVENTS JOB OPPORTUNITIES UNIFICATION THROUGH DIVERSIFICATION is a digital gateway into further promoting equality and diversity.

Frequently updated, our website offers the latest jobs, education and training opportunities from the wide selection of organisations who wish to work with us. Feel free to visit at any time to see the latest opportunities as well as news and events.

What makes us different as an organisation is valuing the difference we can all make. Which is why we welcome people of different ages, creeds, communities and backgrounds who can work together to keep us one step ahead. If you want to find out more about the kind of opportunities we can offer you, then visit our website at which is updated weekly. Alternatively, for your first free copy of our Job Shop Weekly vacancy bulletin, which can be provided in various formats, call 01922 655673 or textphone 0845 111 2910 or SMS Text: send 'Walsall Jobs' (followed by your name and address) to 60003.

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Want a career where you are valued from day one? Where you are paid throughout your training? Where you can, not only make a difference to people’s lives, but save lives? Then why not think about a career as a PARAMEDIC with the East of England Ambulance Service? We offer a starting salary of £18,286 (rising to £20,225 plus up to 25% unsocial hours allowance) on completion of the initial 12 week training phase with further salary increases as you progress through the 2 year programme. For further information about the Student Ambulance Paramedic programme visit our website at and look out for our adverts on We very much hope you decide to join us.

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We aim to represent and value the diversity of our local communities through our workforce and service provision. We therefore positively encourage applications, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion or belief.

As an employer we can offer you: • Flexible working hours and home working* • Minimum 23 days holiday plus bank holidays • Training and development opportunities for all

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We are the largest employer in the area, offering a wide range of jobs from social work to finance, teaching to tourism, we provide a quality work environment where all employees are valued. Celebrating Diversity

Norwich City Council vacancies are advertised externally in local press & all current vacancies are on our website Norwich City Council strives to be an equal opportunities employer and in particular welcome applications from people from minority ethnic groups and from disabled people. For further enquiries about a job at Norwich City Council then visit our website or phone 01603 212 479

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Lincolnshire Police We believe it’s the individual skills you bring that make us the successful organisation we are today. It’s your personal qualities that are important, so in short, you’ll only be judged on your ability to take on the unique responsibilities of working for us – and nothing else.

Have a look at the range of opportunities and training we can offer.

Career opportunities for police staff and special constable positions exist within Staffordshire Police, as advertised on our force website.

We are an equal opportunities employer and applications are welcomed from minority groups. If you are interested and want to speak to people with experience please contact our Diversity Unit.

For information on careers with Lincolnshire Police visit or call the Recruitment Team on (01522) 558235. We provide a comprehensive range of attractive benefits including a generous holiday allowance, final salary pension scheme, flexible working and development opportunities.

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Diversity is in our nature. After all, if you join us as a Police Officer or in one of our many Police Support Staff roles - which could be anything from administration to forensic science to vehicle maintenance – they’re about as varied, and as vital, as it gets. Or you might wish to join us as one of our trained volunteers, either as a Special Constable or Community Volunteer you’ll soon realise no two days will be the same. No matter where you’ll join, you’re helping look after the community.

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All three of our Fire & Rescue Services provide services to the people in our local areas, whether this is

Wegiving wantout to recruit you! community fire safety information, putting out fires, dealing with road accidents, giving advice to businesses or giving talks to schools to educate young people about the risk of fire. There are many elements to the work that we have to undertake and this is just a few examples of what we do. One of our aspirations is to try and employ a workforce that is representative of the communities that we serve. In order to do this we work within our communities to try and encourage our under-represented groups to apply for posts within our organisations. We try hard to dispel any misconceptions there maybe about the role of firefighters. Working for the Fire Service does mean you can be a Firefighter (wholetime or retained); but there are many other opportunities at the Fire Service that may interest you! We have jobs in Finance, Human Resources, Community Safety, Development, Administration, Mechanics, IT, Control Operators plus many more. If you would like to come and work for your local Community, take a look at one of our websites or call the contact numbers given above. We are committed to equality and fairness at work and positively welcome applications from disabled people and from minority groups, who are under-represented within our workforce.


We are committed to providing excellence in health for the people of Gloucestershire and want to create a workforce that is as rich and diverse as the population it serves

Administration, Nurses, Administration Nurses Doctors Doctors, Occupational Therapists Therapists, Physiotherapists Physiotherapists, Podiatrists Podiatrists, Midwives, Finance Professionals, HR Professionals, Health Visitors, Paediatrics, Speech & Language Therapists, Managers, Information Analysts, Healthcare Assistants, Technicians, Hotel Services and many more‌.. To find out more visit,, or





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Cardiff School of Education Department of Humanities BA (Hons/Ord) English & Popular Culture BA(Hons/Ord) English & Creative Writing BA(Hons/Ord) English & Drama BA(Hons/Ord) Modern History & English BA (Hons/Ord) Modern History & Politics BA (Hons/Ord) Sociology & Criminology BA (Hons/Ord) Sociology & Popular Culture BA (Hons) Educational Studies & Early Childhood Studies* BA (Hons) Educational Studies & Modern History* BA (Hons) Educational Studies & English* BA (Hons) Educational Studies & Psychology* BA (Hons) Educational Studies & Sport & Physical Activity* BA (Hons) Educational Studies & Welsh* * Non qualified teacher status

Department of Professional Development Foundation Degree in Learning Support Certificate in Education (Post-Compulsory Education &Training) BA (Hons/Ord) Community Education BA (Hons/Ord) Post-Compulsory Education & Training PGCE Post-Compulsory Education & Training MA Post-Compulsory Education & Training MA Education (with Certificate and Diploma options)

MA (Education) Leadership & Management MA (Education) Professional Practice MA (Education) Professional Practice: Mentoring & Coaching MSc Management in the Community Professions

Department of Teacher Education and Training: all programmes include Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary) Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary): Art & Design; Design & Technology, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Physical Education, Science, Welsh BA (Hons) Secondary Education: Welsh, BA (Hons) Secondary Education Modern Foreign Languages (French) BA (Hons) Secondary Education Music

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We are a major local employer and offer hundreds of job opportunities year on year. Our rates of pay are very competitive and our service conditions are excellent. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community and invite you to visit to see our current vacancies. An Enterprising University Striving for Equality of Opportunity and Valuing Diversity

The University is based within Liverpool, the European Capital of Culture 2008, and a city with rich cultural heritage. Our ethos is dream, plan, achieve and we aim to nurture the dream of all our students and staff. The University has a diverse community of staff and students and we promote everyone’s individual qualities irrespective of age, gender, sexual orientation, race, disability or religious belief. We are committed to promoting an ethos that safeguards the dignity and well-being of everyone. We celebrate diversities and encourage practices that take into account the rights of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect. Our staff are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We also provide stimulating and challenging programmes of study that are informed by scholarship and research. We have a World of Work (WOW) skills programme to make our graduates attractive to employers. The University has developed link programmes with leading companies. We offer a wide range of opportunities for staff and students and we are looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals who will continue to promote the values and visions of Liverpool John Moores University. We have a wide range of full and part-time employment opportunities in both academic and support roles and a wide range of benefits, which include generous holidays, final salary occupational pension scheme, childcare voucher scheme and flexible working. There are also extensive programmes of study for those who wish to join the Liverpool John Moores University community as students. Further information about working or studying at Liverpool John Moores University can be found on our website:

St Helens College - The Employer Looking for a rewarding challenging career? St Helens College could be for you, with careers in lecturing, administration, student support and information technology. In return for hard work and commitment you will receive a benefits package to include between 30 and 47 days annual leave plus bank holidays, contributory final salary pension scheme and flexible working. In addition we have an on-site gym and leisure facility, on-site nursery, a fine dining restaurant and an award winning real ale bar. This combined with hair, beauty and sports therapy treatments make St Helens College an enviable employer. Details of vacancies currently available on our website at or We pride ourselves on being an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. We particularly welcome from under represented groups and ethnic minorities.

City College Manchester and Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) have come together to form The Manchester College.

Better for you, better for Manchester

City College Manchester and MANCAT both had excellent reputations for helping their learners to succeed and achieve their full potential. The Manchester College will take these opportunities further with a wider choice of courses at locations close to you, with better facilities than ever before. Be part of the change, job opportunities range from teaching to technical, professional and administrative working with young people, adults, businesses and oenders.

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For more information on this FREE service, if you are a Liverpool resident, please telephone the JET service on 0151 233 1933 stating that you have seen this advert.

Merseyside Expanding Horizons are managing two projects funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme – LEONARDO: DIDE – Developments in Diversity Europe

CIC – Community integration and Cohesion

Both projects are developing innovative training packages and related products in Inclusion and Equality and Diversity. We are also sharing our expertise in transnational project working via the Liverpool Transnational Unit supported by Liverpool City Council Community Resources Unit, helping voluntary sector groups in Liverpool to access EU funding. If you would like more information please visit our website or call Rosina Ndukwe on 0151 330 0552

Preston is substantially a Victorian radial prison. Its wings were constructed between 1840 and 1895 on a site occupied since 1790. The prison closed in 1931, reopened for military use in 1939 and as a civilian prison in 1948. It became a local prison in 1990. The Prison Service recognises that its staff have a vital role to play in running a secure service where prisoners are treated decently and encouraged to live useful, law-abiding lives after custody. We offer a variety of rewarding careers. As well as Prison Officers, we have employment opportunities in Training, Healthcare, Chaplaincy, Psychology, Operational Support, Catering, Trades People, Administration as well as our Intensive Development and Managerial schemes. Preston Prison currently employs in excess of 470 staff, welcoming people from every kind of background in a diverse environment.

HMP Preston, 2 Ribbleton Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 5AB, Tel: 01772 444550, Fax: 01772 444551

Are you looking for a career in Social Care? PSS is a dynamic social enterprise providing community based, social and health care services across England, central Scotland and North Wales. PSS services enable people of all ages and needs to live independently in a community setting. Our services are delivered at neighbourhood level using innovative models and practice that have been taken forward around the world. Address: Contact: Fax:

18 Seel Street Liverpool L1 4BE

0151 702 5555 0151 702 5566

Liverpool Personal Service Society (Inc.)

A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales (214077) A charity registered in England and Wales (224469) and in Scotland (SC038925) Registered office: 18 Seel Street, Liverpool, England, L1 4BE

PSS is an equal opportunities employer

RAF Careers Want to join a dynamic, modern organisation with excellent opportunities for promotion, training and worldwide travel? How about six weeks’ paid holiday a year, subsidised food and accommodation, free medical and dental care, and free gym and sports facilities access? You can get all this and more from a career with the Royal Air Force. The primary mission of the RAF is to defend our country, but we’re also called upon for countless other tasks, from Search and Rescue missions across the UK to supporting international disaster relief operations. The RAF is active across the globe, helping to strengthen international reach and stability in areas of conflict. There are currently over 4,500 job vacancies in the RAF, with a choice of over 50 exciting careers, from aircrew and engineers to doctors, intelligence analysts and force protection units such as the RAF Police or RAF Regiment. You’ll even be paid while you train. For college students and university graduates craving responsibility and adventure, a career as an RAF officer could give you the leadership challenge you’re looking for. The RAF also has a range of sponsorship schemes that you could apply for, in order to support you through your studies. If you’re short on qualifications but big on determination, there are dozens of roles that will give you on the job training and great promotional prospects. The RAF offers more than just a job; it offers an active, exciting lifestyle. You’ll have the chance to take part in adventure training such as rock climbing, skiing and mountain biking. You’ll meet new people from all over the world and you’ll make friends you’ll keep for life. Interested?

For more information on RAF careers, log on to or contact us on 0845 605 5555 for more information.

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Victoria House, 15 James St, Liverpool, L2 7NX Tel No: 0151 2361566 Fax: 0151 2366171 AFCO MANCHESTER Petersfield House, 29 - 31 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QJ Tel No: 0161 8325822 Fax No: 0161 8358253



83a Fishergate, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2NJ Tel No: 01772 254218 Fax No: 01772 202442 AFCO WREXHAM 21 Rhosddu Road, Wrexham, Flintshire, LL11 1NF Tel No: 01978 266033/266137 Fax No: 01978 356506


The Whitechapel Centre when what’s needed most is a helping hand

our drop-in centre offers advice and information on housing, benefits and general issues Open Mon - Fri 9.00am - 3.30pm Sun & Bank holidays 11am - 2.30pm

Langsdale Street (Off Shaw Street) Liverpool L3 8DU Tel: 0151 207 7617 Fax: 0151 207 4093

Breakfast Bar: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8am - 11am (special service for rough sleepers only) Free hot meals daily


0151 727 1355


Hendre Group Members:

Hendre is one of South Wales’ premier housing groups. With a total of more than 6,000 properties in ten local authority areas, the Group is committed to partnership working and provides a wide range of housing, care and support services to more than 20,000 people.

Hendre Ltd Hafod Housing Association Hafod Care Association Rhondda Housing Association Foundation Housing Tai Sylfaen Thornhill Construction Ltd

Working for Us With over 650 staff members and a diverse range of services the Hendre Group provides career opportunities in corporate services, development services, housing management, property maintenance and care and support services. Every member of the Hendre Group remains committed to providing a learning environment in which our staff feel encouraged to give their best and develop their skills. As a result we continually invest in staff training and development.

For information on current vacancies please visit us at Email: Tel: 029 2067 5888


We are ensuring equality and diversity are at the core of everything we do here at the council. All employees have equal opportunities of employment and development and we are building a culture where each member of staff feels respected and able to give of their best. All customers can expect appropriate and accessible services. We have adopted the Equality Standard for Local Government to guide us in achieving our commitments. Some of our achievements to date include…….. 1. 5 staff diversity forums established ( for female staff, disabled staff, lesbian/gay/bisexual staff, black and racial minority staff, and a forum for generic staffing issues) 2. All council buildings undergo access / egress audits 3. Commenced equality profiling of our workforce 4. Development of an online equality training programme for all staff and members to complete over a 3 year cycle 5. Reviewed equal pay across the organisation and have started an implementation plan 6. Completed initial equality impact assessments for over 300 council policies, projects, services and functions For further details and job opportunities please visit our website

Manchester City Council is committed to ensuring equal opportunities in employment for all. It is also committed to Agenda 2010 which is a partnership between the city's major public agencies, the voluntary sector and Manchester's Black and Minority Ethnic communities.  It is a 10 year framework to deliver change on improving race equality across Manchester. The Council employs a diverse workforce with active employee groups. We also offer a range of recruitment and development initiatives such as: • Integrated Recruitment Employment Scheme (IRES) a two week entry level pre-recruitment course and on successful completion candidates, who must be over 18 years of age, unemployed for 6 months and Manchester residents, will be guaranteed an interview for the jobs they have applied for. • Graduate trainee schemes These schemes are aimed at those students who attend Manchester Universities and are Manchester residents. • Interview skills Provision of workshops at employability events, to assist people in interview skills • Leadership programme Black Leadership Programme to equip black officers to be leaders and increase number of black senior managers. • Robust equality and diversity training is in place for managers and staff. • Pool of BME staff trained to sit on recruitment and selection panels

For more information on any of the above please look at:

At the Liverpool YMCA we provide supported accommodation for 18-55 year old males and females who for various reasons have found themselves to be homeless. Our support staff provide one on one support and guidance and a tailored support plan designed to help individuals work through their problems. It’s our aim to help people regain their confidence and work towards an independent future. For information on how to apply contact us on: 0151 600 3530.


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HM Inspector Gary Tiwana On leaving college I had the option of continuing my education or owning my own pub. So at the age of 20, the youngest in Sandwell, I was granted my ‘Justice of Peace licence’. After 5 years, working 60 to 70 hours a week I went into business with my brother to buy, develop and sell commercial properties. This involved contact with various enforcing authorities (e.g. Local Authorities, Food Safety, Environment and Custom and Excise etc). In 1999 during a year out of business, to spend time with the family, I spotted a job advert for Inspectors of Health and Safety with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In my first 2 years as a trainee Inspector I gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, an NVQ Level 4 in Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. The help and guidance available during my training was immense, I was assigned a Mentor from day one to help with my on-the-job learning, and this included joint visiting with experienced colleagues. Every day is different; I have prepared and presented my own cases at Court in prosecuting companies that have breached health and safety legislation; I could be in a school in the morning giving a talk on working at heights to caretakers or contractors and investigating a fatal incident at a factory in the afternoon. For me the most challenging aspect of the job is dealing with fatal accidents, here emotions can run high and I have had to be resilient in difficult circumstances. It's at moments like this that the responsibility of the job hits you. At the same time, it's very humbling to meet people dealing with horrendous circumstances and seeing how they cope; it really brings it home to you how important my job within HSE is. I have had the opportunity to develop my own ideas and seen these formulated into national projects that have delivered the message of health and safety to a diverse society. On top of all the above I sit as a Magistrate at my local court.



Greater Manchester has a vibrant and diverse community and we feel that it is important that as an organisation we reflect this diversity in our workforce to ensure we can reach out to all our communities and strive to make Greater Manchester a safer place. Many people still have the view that to be a firefighter you have to be over 6ft and well built. People who have the potential to become excellent firefighters may rule it out as a viable career option because they believe that height restrictions, physical strength, lack of qualifications and even their background / gender can rule them out. The reality is that there are no height restrictions or any qualification entry requirements. Instead we are looking for people with a range of personal qualities, such as good communication, the ability to work well with others, calm under pressure and non judgemental. The role of a firefighter involves much more than working on fires and road traffic collisions. We spend a great deal of time talking to people about fire safety, which means we place as much emphasis on personal qualities as we do on physical attributes. However the Fire Service is not just about firefighters, we also have a dedicated support team who are as important as our firefighters in the running of the service. With a variety of jobs which range from working in HR to Finance and IT, from administrative staff to mechanics and electricians, there is something for everyone. For more information about firefighter opportunities go to or why not book a place on one of our taster days on:, For support roles visit:

Help Jake aim higher with the support of the Together Trust The Together Trust is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people we serve by providing care, education, support and social work services across the North of England. We are looking for people with the enthusiasm, drive and passion to help make a positive difference. There are many opportunities within the Trust, from working directly with the children and young people to working in a supportive role such as administration, to volunteering for our fundraising department. In addition to the benefits of working for a highly regarded charity within the social care field, you will have access to a competitive salary and excellent training and development opportunities.

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Thinking about fostering or adoption? Think about contacting us! We are a small, highly experienced fostering and adoption team who offer families a personal and responsive service. The Trust doesn’t have xed ideas about what makes a good foster carer and adopter other than looking for people who are warm, caring with an open attitude and the time and patience to look after children and young people. There is no upper age limit, and we welcome single carers, as well as co-habiting/married applicants. Fostering can be for short periods or permanent, until the young adult can live alone. The children can be any age. They may be on their own, or with brothers and sisters, and may stay for a few days, months or years. There could be a lot of contact with family members whilst others have none. All children and young people, require someone to care for them, who can understand where they have come from and ‘be there’ for them. In return, Foster Carers are given training, including NVQ level 3, are paid a generous allowance/fee, and have access to 24 hour support, and regular supervision. Our adoption agency seeks to provide adopters for children who cannot be brought up by their birth family for whatever reason. Again adoption allowances can be paid, and support and training are provided. Bringing up a child is rewarding, great fun and hard work. Especially when you choose to bring up a child who was not born to you. But, whatever the challenges, you have the opportunity to change a child’s life, and provide a brighter future.

To find out more phone 0161 217 1000 or email “100% positive … preparation and facilitators excellent – really helped me understand adoption from a child’s perspective.” Prospective adopter’s comments on Together Trust training

“Its rewarding. It’s nice to forge bonds with children but I think this is especially rewarding when it comes to teenagers.” Local Authority Social Worker

The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust is one of the largest and busiest teaching trusts in the North of England, employing over 5,000 staff and providing services to almost 1 million patients each year.

We are commited to equality and diversity and aim to employ a workforce that is representative of the local population. We have a range of career opportunities and welcome applications from all communities.

There is no doubt that our staff are the key to our success and with plans to build a new hospital to replace the current Royal Liverpool University Hospital well underway as well as a future Foundation Trust application to look forward to, there’s no better time to join our team.

For information on our Trust and current employment opportunities log on to the NHS jobs career website and search for vacancies or contact our Human Resources Department on 0151 706 5570


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Liverpool Primary Care Trust is committed to diversity and equality. In fact, Liverpool had the first PCT to be ranked in the UK’s top 100 organisations to have implemented a good diversity strategy. Our aim is to make health services more accessible to everyone by working together with our partners and local people to ensure the diverse populations of Liverpool receive the best care available. We are working hard to create equality of opportunity in employment and in the provision of services. For information on our Trust and current employment opportunities log on to the NHS jobs career website and search for vacancies or contact our Human Resources Department 0151 706 5570

Improving the health of people in Manchester Our commitments: To work with patients, carers and the public to ensure modern, high quality NHS services that meet and respond to the needs of the city’s diverse communities. To ensure that all employees have equal opportunities of employment and development and that the workforce truly reflects all sections of society. To ensure that each member of staff feels respected and able to give of their best. Our track record: Supporting staff – we have achieved the Improving Working Lives Practice Standard and are committed to creating a well managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and promotes their welfare and development. We have policies on job sharing and flexible working, and there is a team to advise and support on childcare issues. Positive about disabled people - we guarantee to interview all applicants with a disability who meet the essential criteria for a vacancy and consider them on their abilities. We encourage people from under represented groups to apply for posts with us. Details of employment opportunities are available on our website at, the Job Centre Plus website and the jobs page of the Urban UK website



A career in the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service offers a variety of rewarding and challenging roles. If you are looking for a career either, full time or part time in Firefighting and Rescue or as a member of our Support Staff, then why not visit our website.

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Exciting volunteering opportunities available at St John Cymru Wales Who are we? Wale’s leading First Aid Charity. Over 120 groups across the country that you can join. Members from all backgrounds and age groups.

What do we do? Save lives by providing First Aid at more than 10,000 events. Members commit as much or as little as they can, even an hour a week.

What can you gain? A great feeling. You can help save a life, meet new people in your community, gain training, qualifications, enter competitions, enhance your CV and even travel abroad.

How do you join? Ring Laura Roberts on 029 2044 9507 Email

We offer a wide range of practical and proven solutions to help take away the stresses of providing services in the public, independent and education sectors. We've also developed a unique set of products to help small to mid-sized businesses streamline operational activity and free up managers to focus on targets. Who better to help than a joint venture company that uniquely blends the best of both private and public sectors into an award-winning formula? We offer all forms of customer contact, consultancy, change management and day-to-day operational management of core services.

Liverpool Direct Limited Venture Place Sir Thomas Street Liverpool L1 6BW TEL : 0151 227 1410 E-MAIL :

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Merseytravel is a multi-million pound organisation dedicated to an innovative approach to public transport, in which people matter. Merseytravel is the operating name of the Merseyside PassengerTransport Authority and Executive and it looks after bus services, trains, Ferries and the Mersey Tunnels. Merseytravel is committed to equal opportunity, and welcomes job applications from all sections of the community. Only factors directly related to the job are taken into account when selecting staff. No job applicant will receive less favourable treatment on grounds of sex, race, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, domestic circumstances, trade union membership, political affiliation or religious belief. All employees are given equal opportunity and where appropriate, special training is given to assist an individual's progress within the organisation. Promotion is solely on the basis of merit and ability. For further information about us, please visit

National Museums Liverpool is one of the world’s great museum services. Providing routes to discovery, awareness and learning for all, our vision is to be progressive and outward looking, exciting and inspiring people in ways that are inclusive yet challenging. It takes people from many different fields to ensure the success of our organisation and the variety of career opportunities might just surprise you. As well as curators and researchers, we rely on staff in a variety of roles including customer service, administration, IT, marketing and learning, all working together to deliver a truly world-class museum service. And it’s not just the jobs we offer that are diverse. From museum professionals to volunteers, from graduates to school leavers, from full time to those who can only come in for a few hours each week – the kind of people we employ are as varied as the work they do.

To learn more about the exciting career choices on offer, visit our website below. National Museums Liverpool is committed to diversity and we encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the workplace.This includes people from black and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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n August 2007 the International Slavery Museum opened in Liverpool marking the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade. The first national museum in the world to deal with transatlantic slavery and its legacy, the International Slavery Museum explores not only disaster but also the remarkable survival of African cultures. The opening date of 23 August 2007 coincided with Slavery Remembrance Day, a UNESCO date that commemorates an uprising of enslaved Africans on the island of St Domingue (modern Haiti) in 1791. It is a reminder that enslaved Africans were the main agents of their own liberation. A year on, the record visitor figures to the museum, based in a city central to the British slave trade in the 18th century, are testament to the powerful displays about freedom and identity, social justice and human rights, the under-development of Africa & the Caribbean and racial discrimination.

The exhibition We Are One marks ISM’s first year with a display of the artworks created by museum visitors together with letters and feedback cards. While most remark on the affirming, positive nature of visiting ISM, some are deliberately provocative. These comments are displayed on purpose to prove that a need for such a museum still exists. The museum has an active learning programme that tackles issues of identity and intolerance head on through drama, music, film making and handling sessions. The programme was given contemporary significance when the family of murdered Merseyside teenager Anthony Walker agreed for the museum’s Education Centre to be named in his memory. Feedback is crucial to the evolution of the International Slavery Museum in order for it to address contemporary issues and remain relevant. For more information visit

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Where passion meets commitment Kalyx has a long-term Home Office contract to manage HMP Forest Bank in Salford, which holds 1160 adult males. We offer job opportunities for you to help us serve our community by:

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Prisoner Custody Officers This is your opportunity to help people turn their lives around. You will be responsible for the day-to-day welfare, safety, security and resettlement of prisoners in your care. You will receive 9 weeks professional training initially and then on-going development along with the chance to work in different departments during your career. Auxiliary Officers Key responsibilities are to provide an efficient and effective support service to operational staff, to maintain surveillance and security within the Prison, to operate an out of hours telephone service, to sort and distribute post and undertake some general administrative duties. This role does not involve direct prisoner contact. Administrators- Various departments We have a number of Administrative roles in areas such as Custody Administration, HR and Training and Switchboard. For these roles you will require administrative experience, IT skills, good communication skills and attention to detail.

Registered Nurses (RGN, RMN,) Healthcare Assistants Our Healthcare Unit is well established. We adopt a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nurse firstâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; approach,fully supported by local GP contractors and as such you will be an important member of the team, undertaking a range of clinical tasks. Tutors Our Education Department provides opportunities for prisoners to develop skills. We actively seek to embed Basic Skills and Skills for Life Tutors into a variety of subjects which may include but is not limited to retail, art, IT, logistics. You will possess or be working towards a recognised teaching qualification. Chaplains You will be part of a multi-faith chaplaincy team, providing spiritual leadership and pastoral care in an institutional setting, ministering to multi-cultural and multi-faith prisoners and staff. You will also assist them in their individual induction and assessment programmes. Kalyx is an equal opportunity employer

How can I find out more? If you are interested in any of these job opportunities email or call the 24 hour recruitment line: 0161 925 7005 Kalyx - a business with social purpose





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help us deliver first-rate services to our customers Incommunities is a major social housing landlord with over 22,000 homes and 1,000 staff based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Over the last five years we have invested over £17m in improving local homes and this work is continuing. We are passionate about investing in our workforce and developing our skills of skilled professionals to deliver quality customer services. respecting and valuing our employees by offering excellent terms and conditions, mutual support, recognition for performance, equality of opportunity and meaningful career and personal development training

our vision is to be employer of 1st choice

providing careers opportunities in: � housing management� customer service� clerical and administration � homelessness, support and advice work� regeneration and development � trades inc plumbers (including gas), joiners, electricians, plasterers & masons/bricklayers � warden, security and cleaning services� finance and IT ...also offering apprenticeships in trades, customer care and administration.

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Te a ch in Le e d s We want all Leeds schools to be brilliant learning places - to be good schools, improving schools and inclusive schools; places where every child and every young person can be happy, healthy, safe and successful and where no child is left behind. If you share our vision, choose Leeds. Visit to apply, or to find out more about a career in teaching in Leeds tel: 0113 247 5795 email:


Have you considered a career with South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue? Visit for details of our current vacancies

Students kick off for the National Football Championships A supported learning football team made the final of British Colleges Sports (BCS) National Championships, which took place between 4- 6 April. Sixteen students from the college waved goodbye to Sunderland, as they left to travel to the Championships held at Loughborough University. The group were representing the northern region at the competition and left the college’s Shiney Row Centre. The college was invited by the BCS to represent the northern region at the tournament. In total seven regions competed for the prize and we came joint third. Trevor Armstrong, team leader of coordinated development at the college, said: “Events such as these show us how sports activities can help build teamwork skills and aid the personal development of our students. The team are very proud to be representing the region.” College Principal, Angela O’Donoghue, said: “It is a great honour to have these students representing not only City of Sunderland College, but the whole of the northern region at the BCS National Championships. We recognise that sport plays an important part in the overall health and well-being of students. Sports activities can also increase an individual’s confidence levels and self esteem. City of Sunderland College actively promotes the benefits of sporting activities and healthy lifestyles across its centres. The college has recently launched the UK’s first innovative new football development centre, to improve the skills of talented new footballers. The £300,000 refurbishment of the sports facilities at the college’s Bede Centre will see a unique partnership between the college, Sunderland AFC and Northern League club Sunderland RCA AFC.

Celebrating the Year of the Rat. City Of Sunderland College celebrated one of Eastern Asia’s most important holidays on 6th February 2008- Chinese New Year, a time to celebrate new beginnings and hopes for the future. The college followed Chinese custom and greeted students with gift packets called ‘Hong Bao’ containing chocolate money to bring good luck and warn off evil spirits. Dragon Dancers made their way throughout the college buildings performing for students who later enjoyed a traditional oriental lunch themed menu. The spectacular event, which was held to promote awareness and appreciation of other cultures, was a huge success. City of Sunderland College Principal, Angela O’Donoghue, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate Chinese New Year, learning about and understanding each others' cultures and backgrounds gives our students a greater appreciation of each other.” “The performance from the Dragon Dancers was fantastic and it was a pleasure to incorporate such a colourful and exciting celebration into the college’s events calendar.”

City of Sunderland College City of Sunderland College is one of the largest and most dynamic colleges in the country and is committed to expansion and continious improvement in its provision for local community. We encourage all staff to be whoever they want to be - with flexible working for support staff and lots of staff development opportunities for all...

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Leeds Connecting Community is a charitable organisation working to support Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups of all sizes to become more effective, successful and to play a full part in contributing to life in Leeds. We help BME groups to access information and advise them on how to develop and sustain their work. In the past support for BME communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups has been provided separately from mainstream third sector service providers, creating a parallel structure which may have contributed to the marginalization and division of BME communities. This itself emerged in response to the difficulty mainstream third sector organisations encountered in providing services to low capacity BME communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups; as well as the low level of awareness and confidence of such groups, which discouraged any approach. Leeds Connecting Communities supports BME communitiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups by helping them identify a development plan and then supporting them in their interaction with mainstream third sector training and support to achieve their plan: briefing them beforehand, supporting them throughout and then helping them analyse and implement learning afterwards. At the completion of the development plan with a group they are then invited to join the Leeds BME Network, which forms the membership of Leeds Connecting Communities. This is a means of providing them with ongoing information, news, resources and access to ongoing support for their work within the BME communities of Leeds. The BME Network is also a means to engage and influence the decision making at the level of policy and strategy in the city and region. Leeds Connecting Communities is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, West Yorkshire Local Development Agency and Capacity Builders. Visit for more information and news.

Leeds Thomas Danby Developing skills for learning, life and work... Leeds Thomas Danby celebrates and values the diversity brought to its student body and workforce by all individuals, and recognises that the diversity of its learners and staff is one of its greatest strengths. The College treats all employees with respect and dignity and seeks to provide a positive working environment free from discrimination, harassment or victimisation. The College enjoys a local, regional and national reputation for delivering excellence. We recognise that a reputation for excellence requires fair and equitable treatment and the College is committed to eliminating unlawful discrimination and harassment and promoting equality of opportunity for all.

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Your first choice for training, education and employment Being a Beacon College of Excellence, Bishop Burton College has a local, regional and national reputation for quality as well as being the only specialist land-based college named as a Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) for both Agriculture and Equine. We pride ourselves in having a diverse community of staff and learners who value one another and we recognise the different contributions they can make to achieve the College’s mission of providing high quality learning and skills development, in a supportive and stimulating rural environment. But the key reason that people choose Bishop Burton College is because it’s fun to learn – and work - here!

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NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) delivers effective national and specialist services which enable and support improvements in the health and wellbeing of all the people of Scotland. We are committed to delivering services in a way that meets the expectations of all our stakeholders. We strive to ensure our staff are professionally and culturally equipped to meet the needs of those who represent the diverse communities in Scotland. And, in particular, we: have respect for age ensure disability inclusion promote faith and religious tolerance work hard to achieve gender equality build on our race equality standards Supporting Scotland’s health respect sexual orientation (we are a Stonewall Diversity Champion)

Search Demonstrate Influence WORKING TO CHANGE THE FACE OF THE COUNTRY We employ over 11,000 staff, across all specialities, including regional and supra-regional services. We are a large teaching Trust and Leading Foundation Trust at the cutting edge of developments in the NHS. We support over 1 million patient contacts per year. We are currently transforming our hospitals with new build on the two main acute sites. We are committed to E&D and support the Human Rights approach. We aim to employ a workforce that is representative of our local community. We are committed to working with local communities to help us achieve this. To view our job opportunities go to

All vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated. Committed to equal opportunities. This operates a no smoking policy. for more vacancies within this organisation

Ever since our Founder Joseph Rowntree set us our mission to seek out the causes of social evil and find solutions, the JRF has put people at the heart of what it does. Influencing decision-makers nationwide to take the action needed to overcome poverty and disadvantage by searching out and demonstrating the changes required has led to us working with communities throughout the UK. We have a particular focus on care and housing services in York and the region, and more recently through researching solutions with partners in Bradford. We provide employment opportunities in a wide range of fields, including: • Social research & policy development • Communications, events management and media relations • Social care for older people and for disabled people • General needs housing support • Community engagement and involvement We are committed to an inclusive and diverse organisation, and we particularly welcome applications from candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds and from disabled people. For further information on current job vacancies, log on to

Show Racism the Red Card has grown from a small base in North East England to have offices in Wales and Scotland. These offices carry out the SRtRC campaign work in the respective Countries. In Scotland, SRtRC also has the remit of trying to combat racism in football.

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racist education charity, established in January 1996. The aim of the organisation is to produce anti-racist educational resources, utilising the high profile and experiences of professional footballers to combat racism. The main resources the campaign produce are films and education packs that use professional footballers as positive anti-racist role models. The status of footballers amongst young people is such that they will listen to their opinions and learn from them. Over the years, SRtRC has expanded the range and quality of the campaign’s resources. The main resource remains the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ film and education pack. This film is updated with new interviews regularly (latest edition available September 2008), to keep the resource relevant. The campaign has also developed films and packs on asylum (A Safe Place) and lately on Islamophobia (September 2008). All three films feature professional footballers, as well as the experiences of young people themselves. SRtRC have also developed supporting resources such as magazines, posters, badges and t-shirts during the 2007-08 football season

The campaign’s educational resources are used in schools throughout the UK, however this is not the only way in which the anti-racism message is spread. SRtRC hold educational events with football clubs for schools in the locality. The campaign has accumulated a list of honorary patrons who attend these events along with players from the club. The interaction between the players and young people in the form of a Q&A session on racism is one of the highlights of the campaign. Show Racism the Red Card also visit schools and youth groups in NE England, Scotland and Wales with the aim of familiarising young people with a range of facts and skills that will enable them to challenge racism. The young people also increase their understanding of issues of diversity and identity, their rights and responsibilities. The school visits include workshops on anti-racism and a football-coaching session, lead by a former professional footballer. This is a free service for schools and youth groups in these areas, thanks to the sponsors of this work.

The Community Education Teams utilise our existing resources such as the SRtRC DVD and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Safe Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; film and education packs in delivering this work. The teams also develop new activities to use in schools, which in turn, improves the resources. SRtRC also run a national anti-racism school competition in England, Scotland and Wales. Young people from schools all over the UK have the opportunity to produce a piece of anti-racist artwork, creative writing, music or film to enter. The winners of the competition are invited to a National Prize Giving Ceremony in their respective Country, held at a prestigious venue. The venue for the 2008 competitions in England, Scotland and Wales were the Emirates Stadium, Hampden Park and the Millennium Stadium, respectively. Football Clubs donate prizes such as signed shirts, balls and match tickets and professional footballers and managers attend to present the prizes. The entries in the competition in England are turned in to a touring exhibition, which is available to public buildings for loan. Show Racism the Red Card also produce a calendar using winning pieces of artwork from the competitions and make use of winning entries in other ways, in our magazines, as promotional posters and some winning film entries are featured as extras on our films.


The Diversity Group would like to thank the


array of organisations that have made the

Bath Spa University

time and investment in our initiative.

British Antarctic Survey

Without yourselves, none of this would be

British Red Cross

possible and we will do everything in our

Citizens Advice Bureau Commission for Social Care Inspection

desire to promote everyone in the directory


as an equal opportunity organisation to those

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

from Age, Race, Disability, Gender,

Hertfordshire University

Transgender, and Religion, backgrounds.

Land Registry

It is our vision for everyone to have a fair and

Marshall Aerospace McMillan School of Teaching, Health and Care

equal chance in society. Many thanks

Mouchel Action for Children NHS Purchase & Supply Agency Ordnance Survey Pre-School Learning Alliance The Highways Agency The Open University


Veterinary Laboratories Agency Vodafone



Action Aid

Cambridge City Council

Acton & West London College

City College Norwich

Barking & Dagenham Borough

East Midlands Airport

Bedfordshire Police

East of England Ambulance Service

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Forever Families


Lincolnshire Partnership NHS

City of London Police

Lincolnshire Police


Linkage Community Trust

Essex County Fire & Rescue

North Lincolnshire Council

Goldsmiths College

Northants & Leicester Constabulary

Greater Yarmouth & Waveney

Norwich City Council

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Shropshire Fire & Rescue

Fire & Service Rescue Kent

Stafford College

MCCH Society

Staffordshire Constabulary

Mid Essex Hospital Services

Walsall Council

NCYPE North Dorset & District Council Sussex Downs College University of Essex University of Bedfordshire Weymouth College


St Helens College

Everton Football Club

St John Cymru

Expanding Horizons

Together Trust

Hendre Housing Association


HMP Forest Bank

Whitechapel Centre

HMP Preston

Wirral Council

HSE (Health & Safety Executive)

Women & Childrens Aid

John Moores University Liverpool Direct Ltd Liverpool Hope University Liverpool Museums Liverpool YMCA Manchester City Council Manchester College Manchester Fire & Rescue Manchester PCT Merseytravel PSS RAF Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals Salford University South Wales Fire & Rescue

NORTH EAST & SCOTLAND Askham Bryan College Bishop Burton College Bradford College City of Sunderland College Education Leeds INCommunities Joseph Rowntree Foundation Leeds Building Society Leeds Thomas Danby College Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS National Services Scotland South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Ventura Wakefield Fostering & Adoption

FOR The new commission is building on their legacy to achieve


change to benefit some of the most disadvantaged and voiceless people in our society. The new commission brings together the work of the three previous equality commissions and also takes on responsibility for the other aspects of equality: age, sexual orientation and religion or belief, as well as human rights. The Equality and Human Rights Commission acts not only for the disadvantaged, but for everyone in society, and can use its new enforcement powers where necessary to guarantee peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equality. It also has a mandate to promote understanding of the Human Rights Act.

Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society. The Equality and Human Rights Commission replaces the three former equality commissions: the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE), the Disability Rights Commission (DRC) and the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC). How we live together is one of the big challenges of the twenty-first century: as serious as climate change and more immediate. A milestone along the road to a fairer, more equal Britain, the new Equality and Human Rights Commission opened on 1 October 2007. The new commission is working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society. The previous commissions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality, and the Disability Rights Commission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have made enormous advances, changing Britain into a fairer place . . . But much remains to be done.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) established under the Equality Act 2006 – accountable for its public funds, but independent of government. Why a single commission? A single commission will have many benefits, including: • bringing together equality experts means we can act as a single source of information and advice • being a single point of contact for individuals, businesses and the voluntary and public sectors • helping businesses by promoting awareness of equality issues, which may prevent costly court and tribunal cases • tackling discrimination on multiple levels - some people may face more than one type of discrimination • giving previously under-represented groups, such as older people, a powerful national body to tackle discrimination Being together means that we will be able to continue the good work of previous commissions from a more powerful base, while learning valuable lessons from each other. The Equality and Human Rights Commission covers England, Scotland and Wales, but not Northern Ireland. The commission has offices in Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Manchester.

Equality and discrimination Age It is unlawful for your age to be the cause of less favourable treatment in your workplace or in vocational training. Find out more about age discrimination and how and where it may affect you.

Religion and belief Your religion or belief, or those of somebody else, should not interfere with your right to be treated fairly at work, at school, in shops or while accessing public services such as health care and housing.

Disability If you have a physical or mental impairment, you have specific rights that protect you against discrimination. Employers and service providers are obliged to make adjustments for you. Find out more and what to do if you need help.

Gender Women, men and transgender people should not be treated unfairly because of their gender, because they are married or because are raising a family. This section explains your rights and how to use them.

Race Wherever you were born, wherever your parents came from, whatever the colour of your skin, you have a right to be treated fairly. This section explains the rights that protect you against racial discrimination and prejudice.

Sexual orientation Whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or straight should not put you at a disadvantage. Find out more about discrimination in the workplace, including harassment, on grounds of sexual orientation in this section.

Age Unlawful age discrimination happens when someone is treated unfavourably because of their age, without justification, or is harassed or victimised because of their age.

Does age discrimination apply to me? Age discrimination law currently applies only in employment and vocational training where you have been treated less favourably on the basis of your age, without justification. This may be because you are considered too young or too old. Age discrimination law does not currently apply to goods and services, though human rights law may give some protection in these areas. Legally, the test for many potential cases of age discrimination is whether the discrimination can be said to be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;justifiedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Unlike most other types of discrimination, justification can be used lawfully as a defence for direct age discrimination, as well as indirect age discrimination.

What is age discrimination? For definitions of the different types of discrimination, such as direct, indirect, harassment and victimisation. The following are examples of age discrimination: • An employer refuses to offer a job to a young candidate, even though the candidate has the skills and competencies required for it. The employer sees the position as one of authority and does not feel the young candidate will be respected or taken seriously because of his age. This is an example of direct discrimination. • An employer insists that all candidates for a job have to meet a physical fitness test (that younger candidates can meet more easily) even though the fitness standard is not required for the job in question. This is indirect discrimination. • An employee has been consistently passed over for promotion, and is not allowed to attend meetings unaccompanied, because she looks young for her age. Her manager, who is 10 years older than her, feels that she is too ‘wet behind the ears’ to be given more responsibility, despite the fact that she has the right qualifications and five years’ experience in her role. This is an example of direct discrimination. • A general work culture appears to tolerate people telling ageist jokes, bullying or name calling. This could count as harassment on the grounds of age. Harassment is a form of direct discrimination. As one of its requirements, a job advert lists 10 years’ experience in a relevant field, when two or three years’ experience would be adequate for the job. This could be seen as indirect discrimination. When is age discrimination lawful? In certain circumstances, age discrimination may be lawful, but there must be an ‘objective justification’ in every case.

Objective justification An objective justification allows an employer to discriminate both directly and indirectly on the basis of age. They must, however, show that this discrimination is ‘proportionate’ and contributes to a ‘legitimate’ aim. Under human rights and anti-discrimination legislation, you have the right to hold your own religious beliefs or other philosophical beliefs similar to a religion. You also have the right to have no religion or belief.

Religion or Belief Under the Equality Act 2006, it is unlawful for someone to discriminate against you because of your religion or belief (or because you have no religion or belief): • in any aspect of employment • when providing goods, facilities and services • when providing education • in using or disposing of premises, or • when exercising public functions. There are, however, some limited exceptions when discrimination may be lawful. Contact CEHR for more advice.

What is a religion? The Equality Act 2006 contains definitions of religion and belief, which will be interpreted by the courts with reference to relevant case law, including cases relating to the European Convention on Human Rights.

In order to be protected under the Equality Act 2006, a religion or belief must be recognised as being cogent, serious, cohesive and compatible with human dignity. The concept includes religions that are widely recognised in Britain (although it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limited only to these), such as:

Bahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;i faith









Zoroastrianism Denominations or sects within a religion will also be considered as religions, or religious beliefs, such as Catholicism and Protestantism, which are divisions of Christianity. What is a belief? For the purposes of the Equality Act 2006, belief is defined as including philosophical beliefs, such as humanism, which are considered to be similar to a religion. Other categories of beliefs, such as support for a political party, are not protected by the Equality Act.

Disability The Disability Discrimination Act says a disabled person is someone with ‘a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on his ability to carry out normal day-today activities’. Examples include cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and heart conditions; hearing or sight impairments, or a significant mobility difficulty; and mental health conditions or learning difficulties. People in these circumstances and some others (such as people with a facial disfigurement) are likely to have rights under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) to protect them from discrimination. However, only the courts can say if a particular individual is defined as disabled under the legislation. Based on research, around one in five people of working age are considered to be ‘disabled’. Read through this section for information on Education, Employment, how to use your rights, what the law says and more. If you have an impairment or a long-term health condition that has an impact on your day-to-day life, you are likely to have rights under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

Disability Discrimination Act The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 aims to end the discrimination that many disabled people face.This Act has been significantly extended, including by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. It now gives disabled people rights in the areas of: • employment • education

â&#x20AC;˘ access to goods, facilities and services â&#x20AC;˘ buying or renting land or property, including making it easier for disabled people to rent property and for tenants to make disability-related adaptations. The Act now requires public bodies to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. It also allows the government to set minimum standards so that disabled people can use public transport easily. Human Rights Act The Human Rights Act brings into UK law the rights you have under the European Convention on Human Rights. If you experience discrimination on the grounds of disability, you may have a case under both the Human Rights Act and the Disability Discrimination Act. Gender Unlawful sex discrimination happens when someone is treated unfairly because of their gender. Women, men and transsexual people can all experience sex discrimination. Sexual discrimination also includes treating someone less favourably because they are married or in a civil partnership: for example, by not hiring married women. Race It is unlawful for a person to discriminate on racial grounds against another person. The law defines racial grounds as including race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins.

What is race discrimination? The 1976 Race Relations Act is concerned with people's actions and the effects of their actions, not their opinions or beliefs. Racial discrimination is not the same as racial prejudice. It is not necessary to prove that the other person intended to discriminate against you: you only have to show that you received less favourable treatment as a result of what they did. Under the Race Relations Act, it is unlawful for a person to discriminate on racial grounds against another person. The Act defines racial grounds as including race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins. To bring a case under the Race Relations Act, you have to show you have been discriminated against in one or more ways that are unlawful under the Act. Your protection under the Race Relations Act 1976 The Race Relations Act protects you from racial discrimination in most, but not all, situations. You will therefore have to show that the discrimination you have suffered comes within the areas covered by the Act. On 2 April 2001, amendments to the Race Relations Act came into force which covers public authorities that had previously been exempt. This means that around 45,000 public authorities in the UK are now required to meet the general duty to promote race equality. A few public authorities are exempt, such as the Security Service.

Racial discrimination may occur in the way that someone provides you with goods, facilities and services, including housing. It can also occur in public services, such as health and education and other public services. Racial discrimination may also occur in the field of employment. There are a few small number of areas not covered by the Act these are outlined in the section called. When is racial discrimination lawful? The Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) Order 2001 identifies specific steps to be taken by public authorities to comply with this specific duty.Discrimination in any of the areas listed below is unlawful under the Race Relations Act. Sexual Orientation Unlawful sexual orientation discrimination happens when someone is treated less favourably due to their sexual orientation, their perceived sexual orientation, or the sexual orientation of those they associate with. Does sexual orientation discrimination apply to me? Legal protection from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation applies to everyone, whatever their sexual orientation. Sexual orientation discrimination includes being treated less favourably because: • you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight • people think you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight, or • you are associated with someone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual or straight, for example a friend, relative or colleague. The law applies to direct and indirect discrimination as well as to harassment and victimisation. The law applies to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Disabled workers share the same general employment rights as other workers, but there are also some special provisions for them under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Under the DDA, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against disabled people for a reason related to their disability, in all aspects of employment, unless this can be justified. The Act covers things like: application forms. terms of employment.

interview arrangements.

proficiency tests.

job offers.

promotion, transfer or training opportunities.

work-related benefits such as access to recreation or refreshment facilities.

dismissal or redundancy.

Reasonable adjustments in the workplace Under the DDA, your employer has a duty to make 'reasonable adjustments' to make sure you're not put at a substantial disadvantage by employment arrangements or any physical feature of the workplace.

Reasonable adjustments in the workplace Under the DDA, your employer has a duty to make 'reasonable adjustments' to make sure you're not put at a substantial disadvantage by employment arrangements or any physical feature of the workplace. Examples of the sort of adjustments your employer should consider, in consultation with you, include: allocating some of your work to someone else transferring you to another post or another place of work making adjustments to the buildings where you work being flexible about your hours - allowing you to have different core working hours and to be away from the office for assessment, treatment or rehabilitation providing training providing modified equipment making instructions and manuals more accessible providing a reader or interpreter

Things to consider at work You can play an active role in discussing these arrangements with

how effective will an adjustment be?

your employer. You might also want to encourage your employer

will it mean that your disability is slightly less of

to speak to someone with expertise in providing work-related help

a disadvantage or will it significantly reduce the

for disabled people.The Equality and Human Rights


Commission, which has replaced the Disability Rights Commission,

is it practical?

provides guidance and advice for you and your employer about

will it cause much disruption?

the DDA and what adjustments might be reasonable.

will it help other people in the workplace?

Issues for you both to consider include:

is the cost prohibitive?

You may want to make sure that your employer is aware of the Access to Work programme run by Jobcentre Plus. Through this programme, employers can get advice on appropriate adjustments and possibly some financial help towards the cost of the adjustments.

Jobcentre Plus offices and Jobcentres

Booklet and 'We can help' DVD from Jobcentre

Jobcentre Plus is responsible for the national

Plus. You, or someone you know, may benefit from

network of Jobcentres. These give skilled

a 70-page booklet and/or DVD about Jobcentre

advice at every stage of your search for a job

Plus disability services. Both contain information

and make sure you know which benefits or

about the advice and practical support that can be

allowances you're entitled to claim. They can

offered to you, using 'real life' examples of people

also support you if you're concerned about

who have benefited from Jobcentre Plus disability

the impact of your disability on your existing

services.The booklet and DVD are available in

job. Your local Jobcentre Plus office or

various community languages plus British Sign

Jobcentre can help and advise you regard

Language (DVD) and Braille and audio tape

less of your situation - even if you don't have

(booklet).Visit or contact your local Jobcentre Plus

any work experience or if you haven't worked

or Jobcentre office to get hold of your free copy.

for a long time.

Disability Employment Advisers

Services provided by Disability Employment Advisers

You and your Jobcentre Plus adviser may decide

Your Disability Employment Adviser can offer you:

that further specialist advice and help would be a

an employment assessment to identify what type of

good idea. They can then arrange for you to have

work or training suits you best

an interview with a Disability Employment Adviser

a referral, where appropriate, to Work Preparation, an

(DEA).They will find out about your abilities and

individually tailored programme designed to help some

the sort of job that would suit you, then draw up a

disabled people

plan of action with you to help you get a job or go

a referral to a work programme for disabled

on a training course. Disability Employment

people, like the Job Introduction Scheme, WORK

Advisers (DEAs) can give you help and support

STEP or Access to Work

regardless of your situation. They can help you

a referral, if needed, to an Work Psychologist for a

find work or gain new skills even if you have been

more detailed employment assessment to identify the

out of work for a long time, or if you have little or

best work or training for you

no work experience.

a job-matching and referral service - the DEA can let you know about jobs that match your experience and skills information on employers in your area who have adopted the 'two ticks' disability symbol

Employment Assessments An employment assessment can help you identify your abilities and strengths. At the end of it, you and your DEA will have created an action plan of steps you can take towards achieving your employment goals.

What happens at the assessment Your employment assessment will usually take place at your local Jobcentre Plus office or Jobcentre. You will have an interview with your DEA, which is an opportunity for the two of you to: talk about your skills and abilities discuss any previous work experience you may have

Advisers for people receiving

agree what might be the most suitable job for you

Incapacity Benefit

As part of the assessment, you may be asked to carry out

Most Jobcentre Plus offices and jobcentres have a

some practical tasks and written work. These tasks will

Special Incapacity Benefit Personal Adviser

be similar to common tasks involved in various types of

(SIBPA) who can give advice and support for

work. The assessment may take half a day or longer,

people claiming Incapacity Benefit but not other

depending on your individual needs. The DEA will discuss

disability benefits - such as Disability Living

the length of your assessment with you beforehand.

Allowance. 'Pathways to Work' is a programme that

After the assessment You and your DEA will talk about your assessment and agree on an action plan to help you achieve your job goals. Your action plan may include training or taking part in the 'Work Preparation' programme. An employment assessment does not affect your benefits. You can claim travel expenses for attending an assessment.

has been developed to provide greater support to help people claiming Incapacity Benefit back into work. It is a programme that is currently available only in some areas of the UK. Incapacity Benefit Personal Advisers (IBPA) are part of the 'Pathways to Work' programme and are also responsible for giving specialist advice and support to people.

Work schemes and programmes If you have a disability that affects the kind of work you can do, you will be eligible to join some of the many programmes open to people who have been unemployed for some time, without having to wait for the qualifying period.

Working and receiving disability and sickness benefits Disability Living Allowance

However, if you are starting or returning to work or

Disability Living Allowance is a benefit that can be

training because your care and/or mobility needs have

paid whether you are in or out of work or training,

changed and you have not already reported this

providing you have a level of care or mobility needs

change to the Department for Work and Pensions,

which meets the entitlement conditions. If you receive

then you must report it so that your benefit award can

Disability Living Allowance and are about to start or

be reviewed and, if necessary, a new decision made.

return to work, your Disability Living Allowance will

This could result in either an increase or a decrease in

remain thesame as long as your care and/or your

the amount of Disability Living Allowance you are

mobility needs have not changed.

entitled to.

GETTING INTO HIGHER EDUCATION If you want to get into higher education, there are lots of options available. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessarily about getting A levels â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you can study full time for work-related qualifications or go for an Apprenticeship. You may also be able to take an Advanced Diploma qualification.

What could higher education do for you? Higher education can open up new career options, and research shows that people with higher education qualifications typically earn more money than those without. They may also have more job security.

More than just degrees… Higher education isn’t necessarily about getting a traditional degree. You could choose to do a Foundation Degree, combining academic study with workplace learning. Another option is a workrelated qualification, like a Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma. Whatever your interests, the chances are you’ll find a course you’ll enjoy – the choice of subjects is much wider than at school. ROUTES INTO HIGHER EDUCATION: WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

Universities and colleges set their own entry requirements, so they vary from course to course. When you’re choosing what to do at 16, it’s important to find out what qualifications and grades you’re likely to need for the type of higher education course you want to do. For full-time courses, you can look up entry requirements on the UCAS web site. For part-time courses, get the university or college prospectus – most are now available online.

Depending on the course you want to do, there are two main routes that could potentially get you into higher education: staying in full-time education learning while you work

STAYING IN FULL-TIME EDUCATION If you decide to stay in full-time education after Year 11, there are a range of academic, work-related and skills-based qualifications you can potentially use to get into higher education. Generally, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need qualifications at level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework. For UK

FOR UK STUDENTS, THIS USUALLY MEANS: A Levels Scottish Highers an Advanced Diploma NVQs (National Vocational Qualifications) SVQs (Scottish Vocational Qualifications) BTEC National Diplomas and Certificates GCEs in applied subjects You can also count Key Skills qualifications towards your application (Key Skills are the essential skills that employers need their workers to have). Students from outside the UK can apply for courses with qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate and Irish Leaving Certificate.



If you want to start work after Year 11, an

For some courses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; for example, many

Apprenticeship can be a route into higher

Foundation Degrees - the institution

education.Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll usually need to take an

you apply to will look at your work

Advanced Apprenticeship. This leads to an NVQ

experience as well as your

at level 3 on the National Qualifications Frame


work. As an Apprentice, you will also study for Key Skills, a technical certificate or other qualification relevant to your job. These can also count towards entry into higher education.

HELP WITH STUDY COSTS If you decide to go for higher education, there’s

STUDY FIRST, PAY BACK WHEN YOU’RE EARNING There’s a student finance package available to

financial help available. For full-time courses, help with the costs of higher education. The you can apply for Student Loans to cover your main sources of help for full-time students are: fees and living costs. You won’t have to start Student Loans and grants from the government paying these back until you have left your bursaries from universities and colleges course and are earning over £15,000 per year. If you take out a Student Loan from the You may also qualify for a non-repayable government, you won’t have to start paying it Maintenance Grant. There may be extra, back until you’ve left your course and are earning non-repayable help available if you have a more than £15,000 a year, and any help that you disability, or if you have children or adult get through a grant or bursary doesn’t have to be dependants. You may be able to get additional repaid at all. help through a bursary from your university or college. If you’re going into higher education, there’s money available to help with the costs. You won’t have to pay anything back until you’ve left your course and you’re earning and you may qualify for support that doesn’t need to be paid back at all.

Who does this information apply to?

Student Loans from the government

The pages within 'Student finance: what you can

you don't have to start repaying Student Loans until you’re earning £15K

get' outline the help available if you: live in England, and are a new student or you started in 2006/2007 The package of financial help available will be different if you live outside England. It will also be different for students who started in 2005/2006 or earlier - and for some students who started in 2006/2007 after taking a gap year.

New, full-time higher education students - and those who started in 2006/2007 - could be eligible for: a Student Loan to cover the cost of tuition fees (up to £3,145 for 2008/2009 or £3,070 for 2007/2008) a Student Loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs (up to £6,475 for 2008/2009 or £6,315 for 2007/2008) The interest you pay is linked to inflation, so in real terms what you repay is broadly the same as what you borrowed. Grants to help with accommodation and other living costs. As well as Student Loans, you may be able to get a Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant to help with your accommodation and other living costs. You won’t have to pay this back. Grants of up to £2,835 are available for 2008/2009 or up to £2,765 for 2007/2008. Whether you can get one depends on your income - and your house hold income.

Bursaries, scholarships and awards

Scholarships and awards


Some universities and colleges offer

You may be able to get extra help through a

scholarships. These can be based on your

bursary - extra financial help from your

income, your A level results or on other criteria –

university or college. Bursaries can be

check what’s available. There are also some

provided in a variety of ways - for example,

charities and educational trusts which may be

as payments into your bank account or a

willing to award you extra financial help.

discount on accommodation costs.

You won’t have to pay back any money you get

You don't have to pay bursaries back.

through a bursary, scholarship or award.

Publicly-funded universities charging full tuition fees (£3,145 for 2008/2009 or £3,070 for 2007/2008) have to give you a bursary if you’re getting the full Maintenance Grant or Special Support Grant. Many universities and colleges are offering considerably more than the minimum: in 2007/08 the typical bursary for a student receiving the full Main tenance Grant on a course charging the full £3,070 tuition fee was £1,000.

Extra help

Find out more

Extra help is available for students with a

You can make a start by looking at the directories,

disability, mental health condition or specific

prospectuses and careers software in your school

learning difficulty, and for students with children

Connexions Resource Centre or local Connexions

or adult dependants. The Access to Learning

Partnership. If you're aged 13 to 19, you can also

Fund can provide help for students on low

contact a Connexions Direct adviser for free,

incomes who need extra financial support.

confidential advice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; by phone, email, webchat

How do you know if you qualify for student

or text message.

finance? Not everyone can qualify for the type of

Connexions Direct helpline: 080 800 13 2 19

financial help described on this page. Both you and your course need to meet certain requirements - for example, you must meet some residency requirements, and your course must lead to a recognised higher education qualification. CHECK THAT YOU QUALIFY BEFORE YOU APPLY.

IT PAYS TO KEEP LEARNING After Year 11, you have a lot more choice about what you want to do. Whichever route you choose, it pays to keep learning. More and more, employers are looking for people with higher level skills and qualifications. Although qualifications cannot guarantee you a job, people with the right skills and qualifications have a better chance of finding a job with good prospects and more money. They may also have more job security.

PLANNING YOUR FUTURE If you’ve got a particular career in mind, it’s worth finding out if you need to have specific qualifications, skills or experience.

HOW DIFFERENT QUALIFICATIONS COMPARE You may hear people talking about qualification 'levels'. These levels are contained in two qualification 'frameworks': National Qualifications Framework Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

National Qualifications Framework The National Qualifications Framework (NQF) sets out the level at which a qualification can be recognised in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The framework groups together qualifications that place similar demands on you as a learner. However, within any one level, qualifications can cover a wide mix of subjects, and take different amounts of time to complete. The NQF can also help you see how one type of qualification can lead on to other, higher levels of qualifications. Only qualifications that have been accredited by the three regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland can be included in the NQF. This ensures that all qualifications within the framework are of high quality, and meet the needs of learners and employers.

- Entry level certificates - Skills for Life at entry level

- basic knowledge and skills - ability to apply learning in everyday situations - not geared towards specific occupations

- GCSEs grades D-G - BTEC Introductory Diplomas and Certificates - OCR Nationals - Key Skills level 1 - NVQs - Skills for Life

- basic knowledge and skills - ability to apply learning with guidance or supervision - may be linked to job competence

- GCSEs grades A*-C - BTEC First Diplomas and Certificates - OCR Nationals - Key Skills level 2 - NVQs - Skills for Life

- good knowledge and understanding of a subject - ability to perform variety of tasks with some guidance or supervision - appropriate for many job roles

- A levels - Advanced Extension Awards - GCE in applied subjects - International Baccalaureate - Key Skills level 3 - NVQs - BTEC Diplomas, Certificates and Awards - BTEC Nationals - OCR Nationals

- ability to gain or apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding, at a detailed level - appropriate if you plan to go to university, work independently, or (in some cases) supervise and train others in their field of work

- Key Skills level 4 - NVQs - BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

- specialist learning, involving detailed analysis of a high level of information and knowledge in an area of work or study - appropriate for people working in technical and professional jobs, and/or managing and developing others

- HNCs and HNDs - NVQs - BTEC Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

- ability to increase the depth of knowledge and understanding of an area of work or study, so you can respond to complex problems and situations - involves high level of work expertise and competence in managing and training others - appropriate for people working as higher grade technicians, professionals or managers

- National Diploma in Professional Production Skills - BTEC Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

- a specialist, high-level knowledge of an area of work or study, to enable you to use your own ideas and research in response to complex problems and situations - appropriate for people working as knowledge-based professionals or in professional management positions

- Diploma in Translation - BTEC Advanced Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards

- highly developed and complex levels of knowledge, enabling you to develop original responses to complicated and unpredictable problems and situations - appropriate for senior professionals and managers

- specialist awards

- opportunity to develop new and creative approaches that extend or redefine existing knowledge or professional practice - appropriate for leading experts or practitioners in a particular field



For advice on learning and

Get advice about qualifications for adult

qualifications for 13 to 19 year olds,

learners from the Careers Advice

contact Connexions Direct.


Call an advisor: 0808 001 3219

Careers Advice helpline: 0800 100 900

FRAMEWORK FOR HIGHER EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) has been designed by the higher education sector, and contains descriptions of all the main higher education qualifications. It applies to degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic awards granted by a university or higher education college (apart from honorary degrees and higher doctorates). The FHEQ broadly corresponds with levels 4 to 8 of the National Qualifications Framework, in terms of the demands the qualifications place on learners.


- certificates of higher education


- foundation degrees - ordinary (bachelors) degrees - diplomas of higher education and further education - higher national diplomas - other higher diplomas


- bachelors degrees with honours - graduate certificates and graduate diplomas


- masters degrees - postgraduate certificates - postgraduate diplomas


- doctorates



Going to university or college lets you

Higher education courses range from familiar

experience a rich cultural and social scene,

academic subjects such as English or history,

meeting a variety of people while studying

to less familiar ones such as Philosophy, and a

something you love. Employers value graduatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

host of work-related (vocational) courses such

skills, and going into higher education could lead

as accountancy. Higher education doesn't just

to a wider choice of careers and higher earning

mean getting an honours degree - you could

potential for the future. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re thinking about

study a Foundation Degree, a Higher National

going into higher education, talk over your

Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma

options with friends, parents or teachers, and do

(HND), or a Diploma of Higher Education. Or

a bit of thinking about your career plans.You may

you could take one or more modules and 'earn'

also want to hear about the experiences of those

credits towards a higher education qualification

currently at a university or college before you

to be gained in the future.

decide what to do. Even if no one else you know is thinking about going into higher education, it could still be the right choice for you.



The costs of being a student vary between

For the vast majority of full-time courses,

different parts of the UK - and so can the

you can apply online through the UCAS

length of courses. Financial help is available,

website. However, for some types of

but varies depending on your family situation

full-time course, you apply direct to the

and the type of course youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing.

university or college you are interested in

Students with disabilities


Colleges and universities are continually making


themselves more accessible to students with

For part-time courses, apply direct to the

disabilities as a matter of good practice and to

university or college. You can search for

meet legal requirements.

part-time courses online on Directgov.

If you are a disabled student, you could also get funding for equipment, specialist support, travel and other expenses. HOW TO APPLY TO UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE

How you apply for a higher education course will depend on whether your course is full time or part time.

Application deadline The deadline for submitting your application is usually mid-January, but some courses and colleges are earlier or later than this. Check what the deadline is for the courses you are interested in.

UCAS applications There are six steps to follow when applying for a course online through UCAS. If you don't have access to the internet, contact UCAS for further information on how to apply.

Step One: applying for a place You usually apply in the academic year

Step Two: interviews Your application gets passed to the institutions you've chosen. Each university or college has its own application procedure. Some may ask you to come for interview and you may also be asked to take a test. Others offer you a place based on the information on your application.

before you plan to go to college. The earliest you can submit a finished

Step Three: applying for

application is the September before you

financial help

want to start your course (unless you are

Once you've made your UCAS

applying to defer your place until the

application, you can apply for financial

following year).

help. You don't need to wait for an offer.

Step Four: getting an offer

Step Six: getting your results

If you submit your UCAS application by the mid-

If you get the grades you need for a conditional

January deadline, you will usually receive offers from

offer, your university or college will confirm your

your universities by the end of March, although for

place. UCAS will send you a formal letter of

popular courses, you may not hear until May. If you

confirmation. If you don't get the grades you need

get an offer from a place you've not visited, an open

for a conditional offer, your university or college

day could help you decide whether you want to

may not be able to confirm your offer. If this

study there.

happens, you have another chance to get a place

Step Five: accepting an offer

through the Clearing system.

Offers will either be conditional (dependent on


getting certain grades on your current course)

Clearing takes place after the A level and

or unconditional (you automatically get a place).

Scottish Higher results come out in August

You can make one firm choice and one insurance

and goes on until mid-September. It's the time

choice, as back-up.

when universities and colleges advertise outstanding course vacancies in the national press and on the UCAS website. UCAS will automatically let you know if you are eligible for Clearing. Over 30,000 students find places this way each year.

Registering your application

Complete the UCAS application

Applications to UCAS can only be made online.

There are seven sections on the application:

To register an application through a school,

personal details; additional information (for

college or careers organisation you will need

UK applicants only); choices; education;

their 'buzzword'. If you are applying as an

employment; personal statement and reference.

individual you do not need one. After registering

In the choices section, you can list up to five

you will be given a username and password. You

courses (for 2008 entry).

can register in the summer before you plan to

The application has pop-up menus with an A to

make your online application. The earliest you

Z list of universities and higher education

can submit a finished application is the

colleges, and also course codes, so you just

September before you want to start your course,

have to click and select.

unless you are applying for deferred entry (for

For full information on how to apply, see the

example applying in the 2008 cycle for 2009

UCAS website.

entry). If you choose to defer your place until 2009, you will still need to meet any conditions (for example qualification grades) by the end of August 2008.

Art and design courses If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re applying for some art and design courses, the application procedure may be different.

Personal statement and employment sections Your personal statement should cover why you are interested in the courses and what you hope to do after your studies.

Referees Once you've completed all sections of your application, click 'Send to referee' so the person who's acting as a referee can check your details and add their statement. If you're not at school and are applying independently, paste your referee's statement into the online application.

UCAS application fee and deadlines It costs ÂŁ15 to apply through UCAS, or ÂŁ5 if you only apply for one course. If you're applying through school, your teacher will tell you whether you need to pay online with a credit card, or bring a cheque to school. If you're applying online as an individual, you can pay by credit or debit card. The deadline for submitting your application to UCAS is mid-January, or 15 October if you're studying medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or veterinary science. It's also 15 October if you're applying to Oxford or Cambridge. The deadline for some art and design courses is 24 March. Whichever course you're applying for, UCAS advises students to apply well before the deadline.

Application number and password Once UCAS has processed your application, you get an application number. You can use this in combination with your username and password to track the progress of your application. You also get a welcome letter in the post.

Association of Women in Science and Engineering Aim is to advance the participation of girls and women in the sciences, from biomedicine to mathematics and the social sciences, in engineering, and technology â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all areas at all levels.

The Audit Commission The Audit Commission is an independent body responsible for ensuring that public money is used economically, efficiently and effectively.

Everywoman Everywoman is a provider of training, resources and support services for women in business, aiming to increase the number of women in the UK economy and raise their status. Many of the services are online, and membership is free.

Family and parents institute Their aim is the wellbeing of children and families and to achieve this, they carry out research and policy work to find out what matters to families and parents. They develop ideas to improve the services families use and to improve the environment in which children grow up. They also work to inform policymakers and public debate and develop practical resources for people working with families.

Fathers Direct Fathers Direct is the UK's national information centre for fatherhood.

Fawcett Society A national voluntary organisation working to create greater equality for women.

Flexecutive Flexible Working - information, advice, opportunities and consultancy. Flexecutive helps organisations to introduce and support flexible working. They also work with organisations to think creatively about resourcing, and provides access to quality candidates.

Genderquake Genderquake is a strategic consultancy focussed on the gender dynamics of social, economic and technological change

info4local Info4local is a one-stop portal providing easy access to information from the web sites of central government departments and agencies. Sign up to info4local's e-mail alert service to receive the latest information from the Equal Opportunities Commission and other central government departments and agencies.

Low Pay Unit The site contains information on the Low Pay Unit's campaigns, statistics on low pay and inequality, and advice leaflets on employment rights.

Maternity Alliance An independent national voluntary organisation working to improve rights and services for all Britain's pregnant women, new parents and babies.

Need2Know Need2Know is the new portal for 13 - 19 years olds. It provides a 'first-stop-shop' for everything in life, with relevant sign-posts to valuable web sites in the public, private and charitable sectors. Government website providing links to UK public sector information.

Opportunity Now Business led campaign that works with employers tackling barriers to women's progress.

Oxfam - the right to be equal Oxfamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s UK Poverty Programme focuses on equality between women and men. Their work includes action on regeneration, gender budgeting, women's influencing, and lone fathers.

Prowess PROWESS is a UK-wide advocacy network that supports the growth of women's business ownership through the development of an effective women-friendly business support infrastructure and enterprise culture.

SET â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Promoting Science, Engineering and Technology for Women Unit New UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. This DTI funded organisation is replacing a lot of the work previously done by the DTI as seen on their web site which is due to be phased out shortly.

Tommy's Tommy's is a registered charity which addresses the concerns of parents-to-be in the workplace. It was established over 10 years ago to help reduce the number of babies who die during pregnancy and at birth. Through their Pregnancy Accreditation Programme they work with employers to improve the working conditions and wellbeing of pregnant women in the workplace.

Trades Union Congress Trade Union issues and campaigning body

Truth about rape A group committed to making a difference to how society understands rape.

UK Feminist Action A mailing list for UK feminists of all ages, backgrounds and political affiliations to share news about feminist activism, activities, groups, events, protests, campaigns etc.

The UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Based in Bradford, The UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Construction and Technology offers a range of conference and training facilities to employers, professional bodies, Sector Skills Councils, careers professionals and learning providers. It also provides a range of resources aimed at promoting careers in SET to girls and women.

The Who Cares? Trust A national charity working to improve public care for around 60,000 children and young people who are separated from their families and living in residential or foster care. The Who Cares? Trust has runs the CareZone community site, the first UK-wide multi-agency site for professionals and carers working to improve the lives of looked after children. The only one-stop shop for care, the Community Site will direct you to appropriate knowledge, practice and support in the areas of child development, social care, health and education. This site can be found at:

WINIT (Women in IT) WINIT are undertaking an in-depth survey of women in the IT industry, the projects will investigate why women are poorly represented in the IT sector as a whole and will seek to find reasons for, and solutions to, the female 'IT brain-drain'.

Women's Engineering Council

Women and Equality Unit The Women and Equality Unit is part of the Cabinet office

Women in Film and Television UK Women in Film and Television UK (WFTV) is a membership organisation open to women with at least one year's professional experience in the film, television and digital new media industries. WFTV exists to protect and enhance the status, interests and diversity of women working at all levels in the visual media.

Women's National Commission An official independent advisory body giving the views of women to government.

Working Families (formerly New Ways to Work) Campaigns and provides expert advice on new and flexible ways of working.

Regional links

Equality Commission Northern Ireland Combating discrimination and promoting equality in Northern Ireland.

Equality North East Ltd Tackles equal opportunities and diversity issues in employment ultimately removing the barriers to economic and social life for all. The Pinetree Centre Durham Road Birtley Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH3 2TD 0191 492 1333 or 0191 492 1444

email: website:

Fair Play East Midlands The Djanogly Innovation Centre for Europe The Nottingham Trent University Burton Street NOTTINGHAM NG1 4BU Tel: 0115 948 6519 Fax: 0115 948 6568

e-mail: website:

Fair Play South West C/o Equality South West East Reach House Taunton Somerset TA1 3EN

website: e-mail:

Fair Play South East Southwater Business Resource Centre 29f Industrial Estate, Station Road Southwater HORSHAM West Sussex RH13 7UD

Fair Play Bedfordshire and Luton The Old Chapel Carlton Road Turvey BEDFORD MK43 8EG

Tel: 01234 881708 Fax: 01234 881708

Fair Play Scotland Equal Opportunities Commission St Stephens House 279 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4JL

Tel: 01403 739373 Fax: 01403 734432

Tel: 0141 248 5833 Fax: 0141 248 5834

website: website:

Chwarae Teg

Fair Play Eastern Business in the Community PO Box 93 58 High Street NEWMARKET CB8 8ZN

Tel: 01638 663272 Fax: 01638 666841 e-mail:

Chwarae Teg Companies House Crown Way Maindy CARDIFF CF4 3UZ

Tel: 029 20381331 Fax: 029 20381336 website:

Know your rights

ACAS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service Mediating in employment; advice on good industrial relations practice, including equal pay. Advice and information for individuals and employers about Age Discrimination: Guidance on Sexual Orientation in the workplace, and Religion and Belief in the workplace:

Community Legal Service Legal help and information in England and Wales.

Disability Rights Commission Working towards a society where all disabled people can participate fully as equal citizens.

Employment Tribunals The Employment Tribunals are judicial bodies established to resolve disputes over employment rights. The website provides information about the tribunals and guidance about how to apply to them, both in England and Wales, and in Scotland. The ET's General Enquiry Line will also try to answer any enquiries, including providing statistical information. However they cannot provide any type of legal advice.

Labour Research Department Provides news and information for Trade Unionists, workers and the labour movement on key workplace issues such as work/life balance, redundancy, pensions and more.

Law Centres Law centres provide a free and independent professional legal advice service to people who live or work in their catchment areas.

Low Pay Unit The site contains information on the Low Pay Unit's campaigns, statistics on low pay and inequality, and advice leaflets on employment rights.

Muslim Women's Helpline The Muslim Women's Helpline aims to provide any Muslim girl or woman in a crisis with a free, confidential listening service and referral to Islamic consultants, plus practical help and information where required.

NACAB â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Advice guide This site, set up by the National Citizens Advice Bureaux, gives basic information on your rights. It gives a broad outline of where you stand and what you can do.

Parents at Work Sources of information for working parents on employment rights and helpful advice on childcare and flexible working.

Pay Wizard This website allows workers to compare their pay with those of others doing similar work, while providing visitors with information on employment rights.

SafeWorkers Reference point to provide extensive information on well being and safety in the workplace.

Tailored Interactive Guidance on Employment Rights (TIGER) Department of Trade and Industry site giving guidance and information on UK employment law. Sections on employment relations, National Minimum Wage and maternity rights.

Trades Union Congress Includes information on your rights at work, as well as contact details for individual trade unions.

How to put equality into practice

ACAS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service Mediating in employment; advice on good industrial relations practice, including equal pay.

Age Positive Department for Work and Pensions website promoting age diversity in employment.

Andrea Adams Trust UK Charity dedicated to tackling workplace bullying.

Angel Productions Angel Productions produces a range of video/DVD based training packs about equality and diversity at work.

Children Mean Business Provides a useful introduction to the variety of family friendly measures available to employers as well as showing, through case studies, how some of these work in practice.

Commission for Equality and Human Rights Contains information about Government plans to develop a single agency.

COPE for Equality Ltd COPE provides a range of private and in-house individually tailored training programmes: professional development, equality and diversity, and positive action.

Department for Trade and Industry Information and advice about how to balance work and childcare responsibilities to the benefit of employers, employees and their children.

Disability Rights Commission Working towards a society where all disabled people can participate fully as equal citizens

Diversity Dimension Cultural Diversity consultancy that can provide you with a head start in reaching the many different communities within the U.K.

Diversity UK If you're professionally involved in equality and diversity issues as a practitioner working in an organisation; an external trainer; an organisational policy or strategy maker or a consultant working with organisations, take a look at The Diversity Directory, aimed at giving employers the widest choice of equality and diversity consultancies.

Diversity Xchange Diversity Xchange is a print and on-line forum for promoting best business practice. It seeks to stimulate interest in diversity management as part of a business corporate social responsibility. The forum regularly delivers current issues and debates surrounding age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation.

Employers' Organisation for Local Government You can find a summary of the Equality Standard for local government on this site. The standard was developed jointly with the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Disability Rights Commission.

Employers Forum On Age A network for employers providing advice and practical support about how business can benefit from age-diversity.

Employers for Work-life balance Aim to share best practice and demonstrate to large and small employers how work-life policies can be introduced on a practical basis.

EORdirect Online subscription service from IRS, part of Butterworths Tolley, containing equal opportunities law and practice information for personnel and legal professionals

Equality Challenge Unit The Equality Challenge Unit has been working, since 2001, with higher education to improve equal opportunities for all who work or seek to work in the UK higher education sector.

Equality Direct Advice for employers on a wide range of equality issues, also providing an England-wide telephone service, telephone 0845 600 3444.

Equality and Diversity Forum A network of national organisations committed to progress on age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation and broader equality issues.

European Commission: For Diversity â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Against Discrimination Contains basic information on the new European Union Anti-Discrimination Policies and give practical advice on how organisations and individuals can avoid and combat discrimination. A number of factsheets are specifically aimed at employers.

European Social Fund News Details of the European Community's EQUAL programme to support equality between men and women.

Everywoman Everywoman is a provider of training, resources and support services for women in business, aiming to increase the number of women in the UK economy and raise their status. Many of the services are online, and membership is free.

Financial Mail Women's Forum Network for senior business women.

info4local Info4local is a one-stop portal providing easy access to information from the web sites of central government departments and agencies. Sign up to info4local's e-mail alert service to receive the latest information from the Equal Opportunities Commission and other central government departments and agencies.

Investors in People Investors in People is a national quality standard which sets a level of good practice for improving an organisation's performance through its people.

Low Pay Unit The site contains information on the Low Pay Unit's campaigns, statistics on low pay and inequality, and advice leaflets on employment rights.

Opportunity Now Works with employers to realise the full potential of women in the workforce.

Oxfam - the right to be equal Oxfamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s UK Poverty Programme focuses on equality between women and men. Their work includes action on regeneration, gender budgeting, women's influencing, and lone fathers.

Proactive Reputation Management Proactive Reputation Management focuses on people issues in organisations, for example their diversity, their behaviour and how they impact their organisations' reputations. They provide consultancy and implementation services to private and public organisations.

Public Appointments Unit Information about public appointments, including public appointment vacancies and how to apply.

Tailored Interactive Guidance on Employment Rights (DTI site) Department of Trade and Industry site giving guidance and information on UK employment law. Sections on employment relations; the National Minimum Wage and maternity rights.

Tommy's Tommy's is a registered charity which addresses the concerns of parents-to-be in the workplace. Through their Pregnancy Accreditation Programme they work with employers to improve the working conditions and wellbeing of pregnant women in the workplace.

TUC Practical guidance for employers and unions to achieve a better work-life balance in the workplace. A comprehensive directory of resources and information for women in business.

Women and Equality Unit Government department established to help the government deliver for women on the issues that matter most to them - includes information on reducing the pay gap and Work Life balance.

Working Families Working Families is the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading work-life balance organisation. Working families helps and give a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance for everyone.

Work Life Balance Centre The Work Life Balance centre is a virtual resource that aims to: raise awareness and promote discussion of work life balance issues, promote and disseminate best practice in achieving work life balance, conduct research into working practices and issues, disseminate findings as widely as possible, encourage contributions from academics, business leaders, government organisations, professional associations and others and produce practical interventions to encourage better work life balance.

The Law

Lawrights Information on all areas of employment law, including discrimination.

UK Legislation Local and public Acts of Parliament, full text of statutory instruments back to 1987.

British Employment Law Site for employers, employees, lawyers, HR professionals and all who need information on British Employment Law.

Employment Tribunals The Employment Tribunals are judicial bodies established to resolve disputes over employment rights. The website provides information about the tribunals and guidance about how to apply to them, both in England and Wales, and in Scotland.

The ET's General Enquiry Line will also try to answer general enquiries, including providing statistical information. However they cannot provide any type of legal advice.

Closing the income gap Organisations that are working to close the income gap between women and men and who will continue to lobby for change for greater equality between women and men include the following:

Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) From October 2007 the CEHR will take over the role that the Equal Opportunities Commission has had since 1976 to tackle sex discrimination and promote gender equality.

Fawcett Society Fawcett campaigns for equality between women and men in the UK on pay, pensions, poverty, justice and politics.

Women's National Commission The official, independent, advisory body giving the views of women to the Government. It is the only organisation of this kind in the UK. It aims to ensure that women's views are taken into account by the Government and are heard in public debate.

Trade Union Congress (TUC) The TUC campaigns for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad. The TUC is the umbrella for Trade Unions in the UK

Child Poverty Action Group CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.

Low Pay Commission The Low Pay Commission (LPC) was established as a result of the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to advise the Government about the National Minimum Wage.

Scottish Low Pay Unit An independent organisation committed to improving the position of low paid workers in Scotland.

The Tiger (Tailored Interactive Guidance on Employment Rights) This interactive guidance within the Direct Gov website can be used by workers, employers, professional advisers or anyone with an interest in knowing how the national minimum wage law works. Women's Budget Group (WBG) The Women's Budget Group is an independent organisation bringing together individuals from academia, non-governmental organisations and trades unions to promote gender equality through appropriate economic policy.

Supporting modern families Organisations that are working to improve support for modern families and transform the way we work and care, which in turn will bring greater equality between women and men include the following:

Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) From October 2007 the CEHR will take over the role that the Equal Opportunities Commission has had since 1976 to tackle sex discrimination and promote gender equality. Child Poverty Action Group CPAG is the leading charity campaigning for the abolition of child poverty in the UK and for a better deal for low-income families and children.

One Parent Families One Parent Families believes we can build a fairer society for all families, in which lone parents and their children are not disadvantaged and do not suffer from poverty, isolation, or social exclusion The Daycare Trust Daycare Trust is the national childcare charity working to promote high quality childcare for all. Working Families Working Families is the UK's leading work-life balance organisation. They help and give a voice to working parents and carers, whilst also helping employers create workplaces which encourage work-life balance. Fathers Direct Fathers Direct is the national information centre on fatherhood.

Families need Fathers Families need Fathers provides support on shared parenting issues arising from family breakdown. Their primary concern is maintaining the child's relationship with both parents. Carers UK Carers UK is the voice of carers fighting to end injustice and for recognition of the contribution made by carers to society. Age Concern The UK's largest charity working with and for older people. National Childbirth Trust NCT is the leading UK charity for pregnancy, birth and parenting. Mothers Union A Christian organisation working and caring for families worldwide The Office for Disability Issues The Office for Disability Issues is the focal point within government to coordinate disability policy across all departments Joseph Rowntree Association One of the largest social policy and research development charities in the UK who seek to better understand the causes of social difficulties and explore ways of overcoming them. Disability Alliance Disability Alliance aims to break the link between poverty and disability. It provides information on social security benefits and tax credits to disabled people, their families, carers and professional advisers; and undertakes research into the income needs of disabled people. Royal College of Midwives (RCM) RCM seeks to inform and influence the development of policy that affects both midwives and the women and children for whom they care.

Modernising public services Organisations that are working to modernise public services so that they are better suited to our needs as women and men include the following:

Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) From October 2007 the CEHR will take over the role that the Equal Opportunities Commission has had since 1976 to tackle sex discrimination and promote gender equality. Women's Budget Group (WBG) The Women's Budget Group is an independent organisation bringing together individuals from academia, non-governmental organisations and trades unions to promote gender equality through appropriate economic policy. National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Umbrella organisation giving voice and support to voluntary and community organisations. Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) SCVO is the national body representing the voluntary sector in scotland. Mens Health Forum (MHF) MHF works to improve male health and wellbeing in England and Wales. Men's Health Forum Scotland (MHFS) MHFS exists to raise men's health awareness in Scotland. NHS Employers NHS Employers aims to help employers improve the working lives of NHS staff as a path to better patient care. DirectGov Umbrella information website for all public services.

Sharing power Organisations that are working to close the 'power gap' and bring about greater equality between women and men include the following:

Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) From October 2007 the CEHR will take over the role that the Equal Opportunities Commission has had since 1976 to tackle sex discrimination and promote gender equality.

Fawcett Society Fawcett campaigns for equality between women and men in the UK on pay, pensions, poverty, justice and politics. Fawcett's Equal Power: 2028 is a campaign to get public support for equal power between women and men.

Electoral Reform Society The Electoral Reform Society campaigns to change the way we choose our politicians, believing that a fair voting system will improve democracy, allow politicians to better represent people and help them to tackle the serious issues facing our society.

Disability Rights Commission Working towards a society where all disabled people can participate fully as equal citizens.

Employers' Forum on Disability The Employers' Forum on Disability is a unique business-led organisation which promotes the mutual benefit of business and disabled people working together. The Forum is a UK charity with circa 400 member organisations, employing over 20% of the UK workforce. is the new D-I-Y disability business case tool aimed at business leaders, policy makers and academics. Containing international statistics and practical corporate case studies, it outlines the business case for creating disability confident organisations that realise the potential of all disabled stakeholders.

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation Gives advice to employers and employees on all aspects of disability

Other Equality Issues

Agebusters Agebusters is a first port-of-call for anyone wishing to know about the UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Age Discrimination Regulations.

Age Concern Practical help, information and advice on ageing issues

Age Positive

Broken Rainbow Provides services to Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Campaign Against Age Discrimination in Employment

Commission for Racial Equality Enforcing and promoting racial equality.

Employers' Forum on Age Promoting good practice â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the business case for age diversity.

Equality and Diversity Forum The Equality and Diversity Forum is a network of national organisations committed to progress on age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation and broader equality and human rights issues.

Gender Trust Offers information and support to transsexuals, as well as management guidelines for the employment of transsexuals.

Help the Aged

Press for Change A political and educational organisation campaigning for respect and equality for all transgender people.

Stonewall A campaigning organisation for lesbian and gay equality.

You will find the links on this page very useful. These recommended organisations offer guidance, support and expertise on resolving issues that might occur in your situation. Don't just read them - use them!

Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) We can help you at the EOC. Contact our Helpline by phone or email, - our service is free, confidential and independent.

National Union of Students (NUS) If you're at college or university, contact your local students' union for advice and information. For more information on students' unions and student life, visit the NUS website,

UK Youth Contact UK Youth for information for young people, by visiting the

Connexions Connexions may be able to help. Call their free helpline on 080 800 13219 or visit the Connexions website,

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) To find out where your nearest CAB is, as well as its phone number and opening hours visit the Citizens Advice website (England and Wales) or Citizens Advice Scotland website,

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