WDA Project Aims to Support SMEs in Developing Equal Opportunities; EQUALITY: Free Professional Advice to Help Develop Good Employment Practices

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Byline: TOMOS RHYS EDWARDS

THE Welsh Development Agency's SME Equality Project provides support to small and medium-sized businesses in developing good practice in equal opportunities.

Partially financed by the European Social Fund, free professional business advice is available for SMEs throughout Wales to assist with the development of good employment practices encompassing the issues of race, disability and gender.

The project aims to develop examples of good practice in equal opportunities which can be used to demonstrate the advantages of diversity in the workplace to other, similar organisations.

One company benefiting from this support is Wiltan, an established engineering business, specialising in the manufacture of strip wound cores for the transformer industry. Based in Pontnewynydd, Pontypool, the expanding company currently employs 29 people.

The company has developed a pro-active approach to employment issues and equal opportunities.

With the assistance of the equality project, Wiltan has explored employment conditions within the workplace, for example looking at issues relating to work life balance including parental, dependant and paternity leave, and sickness absence policies. …