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Firms sign up to #10000BlackInterns scheme for workplace diversity

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

The Guardian report that the NHS, the law firm Linklaters and the accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers are among the large companies that have promised to cumulatively hire 10,000 black interns amid a push to improve the diversity of the UK’s professional industries. Businesses who sign up to the #10000BlackInterns programme will offer paid internships in sectors that have struggled to increase their ethnic diversity to match the broader UK population. Companies or other organisations from education, healthcare and advertising have already signed up to the scheme, alongside accountants and the legal profession. The campaign intends to hire a chief executive and trustees shortly as it gains more partners, with the aim of rolling out the internships over the course of 2020 and 2021. Those interns will then commit to mentor and sponsor future interns on the programme.

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