The Diversity and Inclusion in the Public Sector Conference will explore how public sector organisations can develop strategies which ensure long-term progress towards equality, diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Specifically designed for the local and central government sector and the wider public sector, this event will highlight areas of improvement to support the breaking down of barriers, a more diverse workforce and inclusive leadership. Expert speakers and leaders from across the public sector will share examples of best practice and outline the impact of the pandemic on ensuring a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Between 2014 and 2018 there was little change in the ethnic diversity of the public sector workforce. In the public sector only 1 in 16 people at senior levels are from a minority ethnic background. The most ethnically diverse workforce are NHS Doctors, with firefighters and police officers the least ethnically diverse workforces. More than a third of LGBT staff (35%) have hidden that they are LGBT at work for fear of discrimination. So how can public sector organisations work towards reducing inequalities and ensure all employees feel included?
Significant progress has been made towards a more diverse and inclusive public sector workforce, but there is still room for improvement. It is widely recognised that a diverse workforce can be a strong contributor to innovation, organisational performance and building trust. To transition to a truly inclusive workplace significant effort is required from leaders in the organisation to embed inclusivity in organisational practices, policies, managers and employees. Building an inclusive culture takes time and requires commitment from across the organisation.
What to expect:
- Hear from expert speakers from across the sector on building inclusive work practices in order to help create truly diverse, equal and inclusive workplaces
- Explore practical solutions for key diversity and inclusion challenges in the public sector though practical workshops and discussions
- Evaluate where your organisation stands on its inclusivity journey and the next steps to take to continue making progress
- Discuss how to effectively break down barriers in your organisation, to support the progression, development, happiness and wellbeing of all employees
- Learn what support is available to you as an organisation and how you can work in partnership with other leaders in the sector to transform into an inclusive and diverse employer
Watch this video to find out more about the online event experience.
Key Features of an Online IG Event
- Day 1 - 14th July
- Day 2 - 15th July
- One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
- Replay functions so you never miss a session
- Live chat, questioning and polling tools
- Real time resources and presentations
- A next generation conference engagement platform
Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.
Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.
- Outlining how to effectively collect and analyse data from employees to inform your equality, diversity and inclusion policy
- Sharing recourses available through Acas which can help you investigate and reflect on your workplace practices and their impact on employees
- Exploring how to best develop a workplace equal opportunities policy and support employees who do not feel included through an effective action plan
- Discussing strategies for dealing with unconscious bias at work, within both recruitment and internal performance practices
- Highlighting the power of having a truly inclusive workplace which fully unlocks the potential of your employees
- Sharing how you can become a Stonewall Champion to help drive better individual, business and organisational outcomes
- Exploring the Top 100 Employers List and how together with the LGBT Workplace Equality Index it can help organisations asses their progress
- Understanding how to recognise the benefits of the experiences and perspectives that an inclusive workforce provides for the organisation, all employees and wider community
Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.
Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.
Hear from Newcastle City Council as they share key insights and learning outcomes from how they worked to ensure their practices are LGBT inclusive for all staff at all stages of their employment.
- Learn from the Newcastle City Council’s inclusive recruitment process and how they attract LGBT candidates
- Learn how the council created a LGBT staff group which works in partnership with HR to ensure an inclusive lifecycle
- Learn how the council engages with the local community through events and initiatives to encourage applicants from all background to apply for roles
- Learn how managers with recruitment responsibilities undergo mandatory training which includes section son LGBT recruitment and other inclusive recruitment practices
Winner of Stonewall Employer of the Year 2020
During this discussion panellists will discuss the main challenges faced by the public sector in improving diversity and inclusion and the solutions they have found to be most effective.
Throughout this session delegates will also be encouraged to put forward their common challenges for the panel to discuss potential solutions that their peers can learn from.
- Outlining the key diversity and inclusion challenges faced in the public sector and the main priorities organisations should focus on to improve outcomes
- Sharing best practice and solutions that other organisations can learn from to effectively improve diversity and inclusion
- Understanding how to break down barriers in order to support employees and create inclusive workplaces
- Discussing the impact Covid-19 has had on diversity and inclusion practices and how to ensure continuing progress
- The long-term positive impact a diverse and inclusive culture can have on your organisation.
- Common barriers to diversity management and how to overcome resistance to change.
- Strategies for effectively embedding diversity and inclusion from senior leadership to junior staff.
- Learn how to become an inclusive leader through being aware of your own biases and preferences
- Learn how to actively seek out and consider different views and perspectives to inform better decision making
- Learn how to identify and attract diverse talent to drive outstanding organisational performance
- Learn the 15 core competencies which will help you become an inclusive leader, including awareness and growth
- Learn to recognise the benefit of employing disabled talent for your organisation
- Develop a strategy to become a disability confident employer
- Learn how to create a workplace environment where all employees can thrive
- Learn how to develop innovative support and partnerships which allow disabled employees to feel included
- Learn how to attract disabled talent, by creating an inclusive recruitment process
*Programme Subject to Change
This conference is specifically designed for local authorities and central government sector but it is also open to the wider public, voluntary and private sectors to encourage debate and networking.
- Heads of Diversity & Inclusion
- Inclusion and Diversity Managers
- Heads of HR
- Heads of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
- HR Managers
- Chief People Officers
- Chief Operating Officers
- Directors of People
- Heads of Employee Engagement
- Talent Managers
- Voluntary Sector Rate (Large Charities - Over £1m Income)£245 + VAT
- Voluntary Sector Rate (Small Charities- Under £1m Income)£195 + VAT
- Online Conference Rate (Public Sector)£295 + VAT
- Online Conference Rate (Private Sector)£395 + VAT