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As an organisation that is focused on supporting the ethnic minority communities and associated organisations, we are well aware of the research and evidence that continues to show lack of representation in employment.

At the same time, we see more discussion about this landscape, with more employers looking to find out how they might diversify their workforce.

More support for employers

Sometimes employers are concerned that they might use the right language with employees, that they may not understand individuals cultures, and they don’t know where to go for advice and support.

CEMVO Enterprises CIC has recently launched a pilot programme funded by the Scottish Government – Workforce Equality Fund.

The main aim of the programme is to encourage more private sector employers to think about a more diverse workforce through BME apprentices. The programme consists of three Race Equality Webinars and 1-2-1 consultancy support.

Upon its launch, nine employers from the private sector immediately seized on the opportunity to get a better understanding of equality and diversity in the workplace.

Following the webinars, 1-1 consultancy support will be undertaken to support these employers to increase diversification in their workforce, recognising the talent that they are potentially missing out on.

The programme will allow employer profiling via our newsletter as well as marketing vacancies and MA opportunities. This work will also entail employers participating and engaging in an online virtual Employers Fair targeting young people and adults.

"Our clear message to employers is be inclusive, back talent from diverse backgrounds through apprenticeships to benefit your business, and that help and advice is available to support you to achieve this."

Fiaz Khan, CEMVO

Developing accredited learning

In partnership with Skills Development Scotland we are also developing an equality and diversity module with a focus on employability accredited by SQA, which we hope to trial in early spring. This will further support employers and organisations to upskill themselves, increase their talent pool from BME individuals and embed equality and diversity in the workplace with a focus on race.

Our clear message to employers is be inclusive, back talent from diverse backgrounds through apprenticeships to benefit your business, and that help and advice is available to support you to achieve this.

More information

CEMVO Scotland is a national intermediary organisation and strategic partner of the Scottish Government Equality Unit with the aim to build the capacity and sustainability of the ethnic minority (EM) voluntary sector and its communities.

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