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RFL signs up to be a Diversity Champion
The RFL is among five major businesses of our business”. of people are still subject to disadvantages
in West Yorkshire who are the first to sign The Diversity Champions Programme is in the job market. Many factors impact
up to a new project promoting equality run by The Fair Play Partnership – a not- on this including ethnicity, class, gender,
and diversity within its organisation and for-profit organisation, based in Leeds. generation, education and geographical
structures. The Partnership’s Liz Bavidge also location.
The three-year programme aims to commented : “This is a really satisfying Those currently at the highest risk of
improve the RFL’s performance in project for us as we are working with labour market exclusion are adults without
diversity management, and increase some of the region’s premier companies, partners (particularly lone parents), people
the organisation’s ability to with disabilities, people with few or
engage with groups of people no relevant skills or qualifications,
who have been identified older people, particularly men over
as underrepresented in the 50, people living in areas with few
workforce. These include long jobs and ethnic minority groups.
term unemployed, lone parents, With the expected continuation
disabled people, economic of growth in employment
migrants and refugees. opportunities projected at 2
The project will help the RFL million over the next 10 years, it is
to develop diversity action becoming of increasing importance
plans which identify areas for for all employers to recruit from all
improvement, and managers will sectors of society, particularly from
be supported to increase their these identified groups.
understanding of diversity and Among the action to be taken
the impact it has on their roles. within the RFL is the expansion
Commenting, the RFL’s Equality and who are committed to diversity but want of recruitment opportunities through
Diversity Manager Sarah Williams said, to use our support package to make even the development of links to local job
“As the national governing body of one of further improvements in this area.” brokerage services. Also both managers
the five major sports, the RFL is committed “The Fair Play Partnership has an and recruiters will be trained in staff
to its organisation achieving the highest established reputation of successfully development and progression and helped
standards of diversity management and working with companies in order to to improve their workforce development
thus operating the types of policies and achieve such employment goals and practice with particular reference to
procedures needed to support this. recently lead a European Commission people from under represented groups.
The RFL wishes to move towards a project, ahead of the launch of the Age The Diversity Champions Programme is
situation where our workforce reflects Diversity laws, to ensure employers and co-ordinated by Wakefield Metropolitan
the diversity of the society around us and employees understood and complied with District Council and it is co-financed by
the Diversity Champion programme will the new legislation.” Yorkshire Forward. For more information
greatly assist us in developing this aspect Research indicates that certain groups click
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