Diversity among North East companies’ workforces will be celebrated as part of this year’s CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards.
Among the 10 hotly contested categories in this year’s awards, the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Award will be sponsored by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.
Judges are looking for regional businesses that can show their commitment to equality or have developed a diverse workforce.
Tom Capeling, chief fire officer of the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is delighted to support the CIPD Awards again this year. The awards provide an excellent opportunity to showcase and collectively celebrate innovative, forward thinking organisations from across the North East that are leading the way in the HR&D field.
“Their success demonstrates how well we are performing in the region and helps us all to continuously improve.
“We chose to sponsor the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Award as this award is particularly special to us. It very much reflects our values and what we stand for as an employer and service provider in Tyne and Wear. We are particularly proud to support organisations who share our values, having won the award twice in recent years.
“We are great believers in investing in diversity and inclusion initiatives to ensure that the places in which we work and live allow every individual to flourish and reach their full potential, impacting upon the overall success of the organisation.
“Ensuring we are a diverse and inclusive organisation that embraces the talent of every member of staff enables us to take on the challenges we face with a talented workforce.”
Last year’s winner of the award, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, showed its ambition to develop a diverse workforce.
The Trust were chosen by judges for their Project Choice scheme – one which enables young adults aged 16-24 to gain employability skills through work experience placements.
CIPD North East chair Elouise Leonard Cross said: “CIPD has played a central role in setting the diversity agenda and developing debate. In recent CIPD research 83% of respondents stated their organisation had a strategy, policy or guidelines in place to support diversity and inclusion.
“There is a compelling business case for organisations to look beyond legal compliance to a value-added approach enabling competitive benefits to be gained from developing good practice. This value-add approach is what we will be looking for in applications in this category.”
This year’s winners will take to the stage at this year’s awards show, delivered by The Journal and associate sponsors Nigel Wright, which takes place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. Last year’s dinner attracted over 370 guests and this year, Metro Radio stars Steve and Karen, will lead the evening at which ten awards categories will be presented to regional hopefuls.
Details of how to enter the awards will be available each Thursday in The Journal until April 23, the day before closing date for entries.