Through Apprenticeships, Training and Recruitment services, Just IT help over 1500 individuals into new roles in the tech & digital industries each year. We are highly aware of the huge responsibility that this brings with it, especially when it comes to promoting diversity and inclusiveness into the sector.
Our Just IT Diversity group consists of passionate individuals from across the business who oversee our diversity commitment and ensure that we do everything we can to support opportunities for all – both internally, and also within the wider community.
Our commitment to diversity covers three key interlinked areas;
Here is how we live and breath this commitment to diversity through our policies and actions.
Just IT is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce. We want to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people, regardless of their background and make best use of their talents. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers, and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.
To help us achieve this, we run anonymous staff surveys every 6 months to monitor the diversity we retain within our business, and ensure all staff feel they can thrive in our workplace. These surveys evidence our position as a highly diverse employer.
In line with our achievement of becoming a 2016 Sunday Times Top 100 Company To Work For we are committed to promoting a culture of respect and dignity and actively challenging discrimination. We work to remove unnecessary barriers for our employees seeking opportunities through training and development, promotion and career planning. Part of this is an opportunity for any member of staff to join our diversity group and drive the changes they care about across all areas of equal representation.
The nature of our business puts us in a position where our actions can actively affect the opportunities and outcomes for our learners and candidates. It is a responsibility that we take very seriously.
As an Apprenticeship training provider we carefully track the outcomes for all our learners, and are very proud of our record on ensuring those from BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) groups have strong representation into the tech sector. Our dedication to ensuring the potential of Apprenticeships reaches individuals from all backgrounds is reflected in our success rates. In 2015, 51% of the learners we placed into London businesses were from a BAME group. According to the BAME in London report by Middlesex University, 55% of Londoners are BAME (or 51% for Outer London), demonstrating that our Apprenticeship programme is highly reflective of our surrounding community and providing fair opportunity regardless of ethnicity.
However this is just one part of the diversity agenda, and by actively supporting initiatives across the full spectrum of diversity – we aim to provide great IT and digital career opportunities to everyone.
At the heart of Just IT is our desire to support all people with a love of tech into rewarding careers, To celebrate Just IT’s 15th birthday in 2016 we pledged £15k to support projects aimed at helping those from under represented groups make an impact into the London tech sector.
The following organisations have received funding and are being actively supported by Just IT to achieve their goals.
We have teamed up with the IT trade association CompTIA to create a scholarship fund to support two individuals into an IT career through our Network Professional Programme training course. The fund covers all the technical training, compTIA exams, and travel costs and will help individuals with a passion for IT but with financial or personal barriers preventing them from accessing the training and career support they need to succeed.
We think inspiring young females at school to consider a tech career is one of the key ways to address gender inequality in the IT market. We were proud sponsors of TeenTech’s London event in January 2017, with twelve of our staff attending over two days to help inspire the next generation of tech professionals. Through school engagement, careers’ fairs and dedicated Women in IT events, we continue to push for better female representation in the tech and digital industries.
We are supporting Career Paths Online to provide free IT & Digital Careers resources and personal support across London for young people aged 18-24. This support is intended to offer additional support to those from BME backgrounds with barriers preventing them from succeeding on an Apprenticeship scheme or other career path.
MIND, the mental health charity, is our company charity and we look set to raise over £18k in 2017 to support their work. Alongside this, we are working with MIND to offer tailored career support for individuals returning or starting in employment after mental health challenges. For our staff we have held a MIND training session on mental health awareness to ensure that everyone working with our candidates are doing the best possible job to support them into the right career opportunities.
Our Diversity group are always looking for new opportunities to work with established partners and increase the impact we can make towards diversity in the IT and digital industries. If your organisation has these common goals then please get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org