Below are some suggestions on how you can your business can participate and support the local community :
The Coast to Capital Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) works to connect senior, local business leaders with senior leaders in local schools helping to motivate and inspire young people, to make a major impact on their future career prospects. Please click on the link for further information http://www.coast2capital.org.uk/enterprise-adviser-network/&s1=enterprise+adviser&s2=enterprise+enteprise+enterprises+adviser+advisers+advise+advisor&s3=123
Croydon Council is actively trying to increase the engagement between Croydon schools and employers. The overall aim is to reduce the number of NEET within the borough by developing more access to careers information.
Part of Croydon Councils employment/education strategy is to improve the quality of careers advice/training within our schools and colleges. I am tasked with improving both the quality and the number of opportunities for our young people across the Croydon borough.
As the Employment Pathway Officer for Croydon Council I work within the Education and Skills team and I am responsible for brokering relationships between Employers, training providers and Croydon primary and secondary schools and colleges.
They are looking for employers and training providers who are either already involved in school engagement or would like to start/increase their school engagement.
How can you get involved?
There are many ways in which you can help, for example:
Please contact Tyrone.Irish@croydon.gov.uk for further information/if you would like to get involved/for suggestions of how you can help
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy
An Equality and Inclusion policy demonstrates your organisation's commitment to equal opportunities, abide by equality legislation and promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service provides a template equality and diversity policy which can be adapted to your organisation's requirements. Organisations are required to upload a copy of their equality policy as part of the Good Employer Croydon accreditation application form and you are welcome to download and adapt ACAS' template and upload this as part of your application. Download the template equality policy here.
Business in the Community provides guidance on how to conduct diverse recruitment and the Government provides guidance on providing reasonable adjustments for disabled candidates. Below are also some suggestions for how you can incorporate equality and diversity best practice in your recruitment process:
Whilst over half of people want to work flexibly, currently less than 1 in 10 jobs are advertised as being open to flexibility (Timewise Flexible Jobs Index 2016). We know that many people – parents, carers, those managing long term health conditions, those approaching retirement – benefit from the opportunity to work flexibly and that offering it leads to higher productivity and engagement.
Flexible working options include part time, jobshare, occasional homeworking, remote working and flexible start / finish times. We are encouraging Croydon employers to consider how many of these options they can offer and to let candidates know you are happy to consider flexible working requests, if they would work in the role, during the recruitment process. This will broaden the range of people who can apply for your roles, giving you access to new talent pools.
More information about how flexible working can benefit your business and some of the options you can consider can be found here:
If you are willing to offer roles flexibly during recruitment, you can join the free campaign ‘Hire Me My Way’, run by Timewise a social business who promote flexible working. Hire Me My Way showcases employers who are promoting opportunities for flexible working and are offering it to candidates during recruitment.
The London Healthy Workplace Charter (LHWC) is a joint initiative from Public Health England and the Greater London Authority. The Charter covers a range of standards at three levels – Commitment, Achievement and Excellence under the topics:
Assessment at Commitment level can be completed on line. Your first application must be for either Commitment or Achievement. Organisations will receive a report highlighting the actions required to proceed to the next level. For applications at Achievement and Excellence, the organisation will attend a verification day at City Hall, where their evidence will be reviewed by volunteer experts in workplace wellbeing drawn from a range of organisations, including local authorities and NHS partnerships.
Your borough workplace lead will guide you through your application, highlight any gaps in your evidence and sign off your application when it is ready to be submitted for verification. Applications for the charter are currently free of charge.
The United Kingdom Investor in Equality and Diversity (UKIED) Charter Mark is the leading fully integrated equality, diversity and safeguarding national organisation charter mark designed to meet the needs of all organisations (ranging from large multi-national companies and large public sector organisations, charities and third sector organisations through to SMEs).
Royal Chartered Institute Surveyors (RCIS) - Inclusive Employer Quality Mark - Scheme designed to help firms gain a competitive advantage and a diverse workforce. Employers pledge their commitment to adopting and continually improving against six principles
Disability Confident - The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index - The WEI is a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.
Investors in People - internationally recognised accreditation. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. Successful accreditation against the Investors in People Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustainability.
Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) - employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion in the workplace
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter - The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is an opportunity for employers to demonstrate their commitment to the health and well-being of their workforce. The Charter provides employers with an easy and clear guide on how to make workplaces a supportive and productive environment in which employees can flourish.
Below are current local initiatives and campaigns your business/organisation can get involved in and support :
Disability Confident is a central government accreditation scheme run by the Department for Work and Pensions which aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing people with disabilities. There are 3 accreditation levels: Disability Confident Committed, Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader. More information about the Disability Confident scheme can be found here.
Disability Confident Action Group
Croydon council also facilitates the Disability Confident Action Group (DCAG) which is a forum for local groups and national organisations based in Croydon that helps support people with disabilities and those with long-term health conditions to fulfil their potential and realise their employment aspirations. The DCAG meets bi-monthly and has a membership of 20+ Croydon-based organisations including Croydon People First, Ingeus, Shaw Trust, Status Employment, Mind in Croydon, Jobcentre Plus (Department for Work and Pensions), StartUp Croydon and the London Economic Development Company. Aligned to the National Disability Confidant Campaign, the DCAG aims to increase the awareness and confidence of employers in the borough to employ people with disabilities, challenge attitudes towards disability, and increase the understanding of disability. It meets to discuss legislation, current issues around disabilities, co-ordination of activities and the sharing of information. There are regular contributions from other bodies on work taking place to champion people with disabilities. For more information about the DCAG, please contact Emma Shepherd.
Stonewall is the leading charity working for LGBT+ rights in the UK which provides guidance for employers on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace. Stonewall offers organisations to join their Diversity Champions programme which allows employers to visibly show their commitment to LGBT+ equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Stonewall also has a Workplace Equality Index which is an annual ranking of the most LGBT+ inclusive organisations in the UK. For more information on LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace, please visit the Stonewall website.
A number of Pride events are held across the country, including Pride in London and Croydon Pride locally, which normally take place in the summer. Businesses and organisations are often invited to support or take part in Pride parades. Explore whether your organisation could support or participate in a local Pride event.