Stonewall today launched the fourth and biggest edition of Starting Out, Britain’s national lesbian and gay recruitment guide.
The guide, now featuring 325 potential employers, is designed for discerning graduates and job-seekers and is targeted at the 150,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual students in Britain.
Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: ‘Attracting and retaining the very best staff, regardless of background, is now a fundamental part of business strategy for British companies wanting to remain market leaders, and public sector organisations striving to provide world-class public services.’
20,000 hard copies of Starting Out are being distributed to Students’ Unions, University Careers Services, Employment Agencies and University Lesbian and Gay Societies and secondary schools across Britain. The guide is also available online at Diversity Champions programme – people perform better when they can be themselves
The guide has once again been sponsored by Credit Suisse. Anita Harper, EMEA Co-Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Credit Suisse, said she was delighted at the partnership: ‘Credit Suisse has a strong Diversity and Inclusion programme and actively fosters a positive working environment for its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender staff.’
A launch event, attended by students from across Britain and also supported by Credit Suisse, is being held at the University of London Union (ULU).
Kamran Ansari, ULU President, said: ‘Starting Out showcases those employers who work hard to develop and maintain a culture in which differing abilities and backgrounds are fostered and valued in the workplace. Equality is at the heart of many of our campaigns and we welcome the chance to work alongside organisations such as Stonewall.’
‘The guide aims to connect graduates and job seekers with progressive employers who value people for their difference and the talents they bring,’ said David Shields, Director of Workplace Programmes at Stonewall. ‘All employers are members of our Diversity Champions programme representing a wide range of careers. Being in the guide speaks volumes of their commitment to equality which, in turn, is a key factor for discerning job seekers in making their career choices.’
New entries in this year’s guide include those from Rockpools, ITV and Thomson Reuters, The Law Society of England and Wales, NHS Employers and the Army, which now results in the inclusion of all three armed forces.
Natasha Gamble, an MA student at the University of London, said: ‘I feel that Starting Out is essential for all graduates and job seekers in identifying employers who understand equality and diversity. This is important as it ensures that your skills and experience will be valued, regardless of background, in a supportive and safe environment. I have found this can have a great impact on the way you feel within your job and supports you in achieving your potential.’