Stonewall today launched the third edition of Starting Out, Britain's only national lesbian and gay recruitment guide. Designed for discerning graduates and job-seekers, it's targeted at the 150,000 lesbian and gay students in Britain.
Liz Morgan, Director of Stonewall Cymru, said: 'Increasingly, young lesbian, gay and bisexual graduate recruits in Wales are attracted to employers with a good record of equality and diversity and are choosing employers who will support and welcome them. Starting Out provides a must-have guide to more than 250 workplaces determined to attract the very best talent in 2007, regardless of background. In an increasingly competitive recruitment market, employers are understandably keen to demonstrate that they connect with all their potential recruits.'
Entries from Wales include Cardiff University, DVLA, Welsh Assembly Government, Gwent Police, Cardiff Council and South Wales Police.
20,000 hard copies of Starting Out are being distributed to Student Unions, University Careers Services, Employment Agencies and University Lesbian and Gay Societies across Britain. The guide is also available online at www.stonewall.org.uk/students.
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). Jennifer Huseman, 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.'