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					 Leader Workshop
      19th October 2007


Claire Mitchell – Engage Employment
            Solutions Ltd


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                    Agenda
• 10:10 - Welcome & Introductions - All
• 10:30 – Definition of Leader Group – Claire Mitchell
          Leader Southampton – Hilary Wise
• 10:50 – Refreshment Break
• 11:00 – Leader Brighton & Hove – Claire Mitchell
• 11:50 – Leader Southampton Conference
• 11:55 – Steering Group Sign Up
• 12:00 – Next Steps & Closing Statement



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                      Leader
• Local Employers Acting on Diversity, Equality and
  Race
• An umbrella group of employers collaborating in order to
  make tangible progress on building a diverse workforce
  together with community and social responsibility
   – Eradicating barriers to employability of
     underrepresented groups
   – With a focus on ethnicity, disability, age, gender and
     other relevant issues

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               Background
• Originated in 2001 in Southampton with local employers
  working with Solent University
• Delivered conferences and training events to update
  members on equality, diversity and to share good
  practice
• Operate a mentoring scheme called “Merits” - black and
  ethnic minority students receive mentoring from local
  employers to assist them to find employment
• Web site covering up to date related news on legislation,
  events, projects and conferences
  www.leader.solent.ac.uk

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                    Brighton & Hove
• Highest percentage of Black Minority Ethnic Groups in
  South East outside London - Around 7,000 East
  Europeans working in the City
• Economic growth has been driven more by increases in
  employment than by productivity gains
• GVA per head remains below the national average,
  suggesting that there is still scope for broadening the
  economic base and improving productivity
• By 2010 only 20% of Working Population will be white,
  male and able bodied ( Brighton & Hove males account
  for 45.4% of workforce currently)
• 1 person in 4 has a mental health problem
• 97% of disabled people were born without a disability

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             Leader’s Objectives

• Ultimately support local businesses to become more
  profitable through improving their recruitment practices
• Keep businesses informed on any issues related to
  diversity, equality, gender, age etc in a clear and concise
  fashion
• Maintain links and contact with experts in these fields
• Host networking events and conferences




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                 Unique Opportunities
• Sharing good practice, information and ideas
• Sharing of resources, i.e. training sessions, rooms
• Improvement in business performance
• Foster employability
• Look at diversity and equality issues in a fresh way that
  meets business needs




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       Group Discussion
1.   What does diversity mean to you?
2.   Are there key barriers that make it
     difficult to employ a diverse workforce?
3.   In what ways could your business benefit
     from having a more diverse workforce?

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       Group Discussion
1.   What does corporate social responsibility
     (CSR) mean to you?
2.   Do you have a CSR policy for your
     business?


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       Group Discussion
1. What do you feel you need to know about
   ethnicity, disability, age and gender within
   the field of employment law?
2. What other Objectives should Leader
   have?


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                      Benefits
• A network of like minded public, private and voluntary
  employers
• Up to date information on relevant changes in legislation
• Up to date labour market intelligence
• The tools to become an employer of „choice‟ attracting
  employees with the right skills
• The support to become an „ethical business‟



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                      Benefits
• An accelerated route map to fulfilling your corporate
  social objectives
• An opportunity to develop your passion for diversity,
  ethnicity and/or CSR




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                    Progress
•    Brighton & Hove Leader is being established by:
    – Disability Equals Business
    – Engage Employment Solutions Ltd
    – The University of Brighton Careers Centre
    – The University of Sussex, Career Development &
        Employment Centre
    – City College Brighton & Hove
•    In association with Southampton Leader
•    Next step is forming a Steering Group with key local
     players

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           Steering Group Criteria

• People who are capable of influencing positive change in
  their organisations in the fields of diversity, ethnicity
  and corporate social responsibility.
• Regular attendance at meetings
• Contribution of ideas
• Willing to share good practice
• Evidence of driving change in these fields




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                     Southampton
                   Conference
• LEADER Conference 2007 Programme - The Diversity
  Jigsaw: Employing Talent From Under-represented
  Groups, 8.30am - 2.00pm, Friday 23 November 2007, St
  Mary's Stadium, Southampton SO14 5FP
• Focusing on the four areas of migrant workers, mental
  health, ex offenders and sexual orientation
• Providing information and advice on other aspects of
  diversity including race, disability, gender, religion and
  belief, age and work life balance
• Keynote Address
   – Ben Summerskill, Commissioner for the Commission for Equality
     and Human Rights and Chief Executive of Stonewall

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For more information please contact
         Claire Mitchell on
           01273 291683

claire.mitchell@engagesolutions.org.uk




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