Largest ever recruitment guide for gay jobseekers
Stonewall has launched the sixth and biggest edition of Starting Out, Britain’s lesbian, gay and bisexual recruitment guide. The guide, which includes 450 potential employers, is targeted at the 150,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual students in Britain as well as all discerning jobseekers and graduates.
Over 450 organisations from Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme are in Starting Out. These major employers across public, private and third sectors have been included because Stonewall have assessed that theses organisations know that people perform better when they can be themselves. So, to give job seekers a head start, the guide is aimed at helping lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) graduates, sixth formers and other job hunters to find work where their future bosses provide an inclusive environment. Stonewall point out that helping people to be open about who they are means that Diversity Champions attract, keep and develop the very best talent.
15,000 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. David Shields, Director of Workplace Programmes at Stonewall said ‘Despite forecasts of doom and gloom in the job market, we’ve increased the number of employers featuring in Starting Out this year, all of whom are eager to the recruit the very best in lesbian, gay and bisexual talent. Stonewall proves that creating a fully supportive and inclusive work environment makes sound business sense because people perform better when they can be themselves.’
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