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Free resources launched to help UK employers improve diversity and inclusivity

The University of Portsmouth has launched an equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) toolkit for employers across the UK. 

The free online resource, developed by a team at the University of Portsmouth in partnership with the Solent Apprenticeship & Skills Hub, is split into 12 subjects that impact the EDI of a workforce. These include BAME, age and sex bias, neurodiversity, ex-offenders and LGBTQ+. 

Members will have access to resources, articles, and case studies of employers who have had success in recruiting and supporting staff from one of the subject areas. The site will also run a monthly Ted-style talk on the University campus with key speakers from organisations.

Co-creator Claire Middleton, from the University of Portsmouth, said: “Employing a diversified workforce is a necessity for every organisation, but to manage and maintain one is a big challenge,

“The idea for the toolkit came from an Equality & Diversity programme I did through Amazing Apprenticeships over the last year. We had to produce a pitch for change, so we produced a resource that split into what we think are the top subjects that employers are interested in when it comes to recruiting and retaining a more diverse workforce.”

While UK legislation sets minimum standards for employers, the EDI toolkit goes beyond legal compliance and aims to add value to an organisation, by helping to build an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to achieve their potential.

Yvonne Howard, Director of Race and Equality at the University of Portsmouth, added: “Really pleased that we are launching an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion toolkit to support future employers of our students and communities to recruit and retain diverse talent to boost Portsmouth’s competitive advantage.” 

To access the resource, contact Portsmouth University.