Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Could Your Firm Be an HR&D Award Winner? Awards

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Could Your Firm Be an HR&D Award Winner? Awards

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Byline: coreena ford coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

EMPLOYERS who recognise the importance of diversity could be in line for prizes at the CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards.

The awards, which are in their eleventh year, include an Employability and Diversity Award, which is once again sponsored by the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

The category recognises organisations that value equality and have developed a diverse and inclusive workforce, and entrants will be able to demonstrate the impact this has had on the business in terms of equality and employability.

Last year's winner was Sage UK Ltd. CIPD North East co-chair, Sarah Carnegie, said: "The moral argument for ensuring equality in the workplace is well known, and the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace is widely recognised. As HR&D professionals we also know that finding sufficient talented and committed employees is becoming increasing challenging, and is only likely to become more so.

"Figures from UKCES predict that 1.8 million new jobs will be created in the UK by 2020, and HR&D professionals need to be leading the way in creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce to address likely skills shortages. Issues such as the scrapping of the default retirement age and the ageing population in the UK, with a threefold increase in over 65s by 2020 in comparison to the overall population growth, will mean that employers will have to address a more age diverse workforce, as well as considering ways to retain the know-how and expertise of these older workers.

"At the other end of the age profile it will be important to appreciate the differences in managing millennials or the 'C' generation coming into the workplace, and understand what they want from employment. In the North East there is also a shocking waste of potential talent of younger people with 18.6% of 16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training [NEET] according to figures from the House of Commons in November 2016. We are the worst performing region in England for NEET, and nearly 3% over the national average.

"This is clearly an important strategic issue both for organisations and the region as a whole. This category will enable us to celebrate an organisation who is making a real impact in improving employability and diversity.

Tom "There is a wide range of initiatives that could come into this category such as attracting and retaining talent through pre-employment programmes, apprenticeships, traineeships, internships or specific development programmes for particular minority or under-represented groups. Employers may also have implemented strategies relating to flexibility, eldercare, gender, race, age, sexual and disability equality, to tackle a specific organisational need in supporting and retaining valued employees. …

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