Equality is the thought that people should all be treated fairly while diversity is about understanding that there are both individual and group differences and so people should be treated differently to fit their needs.
It is important to have both within the workplace as it gives the company a lot of benefits. one benefit is that it helps the businesses reputation, Diversity in the workplace is important for employees because the great reputation it helps to create leads to increased profitability and opportunities for workers.
Another benefit is that your staff will have more positive work relationships . Positive working relationships leads to staff being more productive and focused on their work. It’ll also make work a nicer place to be in general so staff will feel comfortable being there.
It also important to have diversity and equality as it reduces the risk of legal action being taken against your company for things such as unfair dismissal and discrimination. The last thing any business wants is to be paying out thousands for something that could have been avoided.
Why not take a look at our Equality & Diversity online courses to further develop your understanding.
People choosing to do an apprenticeship now stands at a record level, there were 491,300 apprenticeship starts in the 2016 to 2017 academic year of which 121,250 were under 19.
There were 1,656,630 online apprenticeship applications made in 2015 to 2016.
So if so many businesses have taken on apprentices, how could it help yours?
Well, Apprenticeships have been said to help businesses boost productivity by bringing in new talent that quickly helps to grow your skills base. According to gov.uk , 76% of businesses say that productivity has improved as a result of employing an apprentice.
They also provide a wide range of new ideas. Since they will be doing on-the-job training alongside existing staff, as well as external training with a learning provider, they will constantly be up-to-date with social and technological trends as well as motivating other members of staff with their fresh mindset!
Plus who wouldn’t want bespoke employees? Helping an apprentice realize their potential and supporting them through their training means you get a “grow your own” member of staff at the end of it. 67% of apprentices stay with the same employer after completion.
To speak to our team regarding apprenticeships please contact us on our website, via email or call us on 0845 223 2401