Stonewall today launched the fifth and biggest edition of Starting Out, Britain’s lesbian, gay and bisexual recruitment guide.
The guide, now including some 400 potential employers is designed for discerning graduates and jobseekers and is targeted at the 150,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual students in Britain.
‘Attracting the right staff and ensuring they develop and perform at their best is key to any organisation, particularly in a harder economic climate,’ says Ben Summerskill Stonewall Chief Executive. ‘People perform better when they can be themselves at work and acting as an inclusive employer is 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.’
15,000 physical copies of Starting Out are being distributed to students’ unions, university career services, employment agencies and university lesbian and gay societies and sixth forms across Britain. For the first time the guide is also available as a fully interactive website for jobseekers and graduates.
Credit Suisse have once again sponsored Starting Out. Anita Harper, EMEA Co-Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Credit Suisse, said: '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 is being kindly hosted by Imperial College, London. ‘Starting Out offers a real connection for graduates and jobseekers to progressive employers who value a diverse and talented workforce,’ said David Shields, Director of Workplace Programmes at Stonewall. ‘Appearing in the guide sends a strong message of commitment to equality, which is a key factor for discerning jobseekers when making their career choices.’
Natasha Gamble, an MA student at the University of London, said: ‘Starting Out is an essential tool for all graduates and job seekers in identifying employers who actively support equality and diversity. This is important as it ensures 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.’
New entries in this year’s guide include financial giant Bloomberg, the government’s advisor on architecture, CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), and the Rugby Football League. They are representative of the wide range of sectors now included in Starting Out.
Starting Out is available online at www.startingoutguide.org.uk Free copies are also available by contacting Stonewall’s Infoline on 08000 50 20 20.
For further information please contact James Lawrence, Communications Officer on 020 7593 1857/ 07985 439 660
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