Inclusion Apprenticeship Programme, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
How can we become the most inclusive employer by 2020? By designing an inclusive resourcing process focusing on equity of opportunity for all applicants, regardless of their social or educational background. The Civil Service recruitment principles encourage this type of approach but apprenticeship schemes typically follow a traditional selection route. Removing minimum entry requirements, targeting marginalised candidates, linking with local authorities and schools, holding outreach events, running a social media campaign, outlining the selection process at an open day and partnering with the department’s Social, Economic Diversity and Inclusion Network, the team delivered an apprentice cohort which reflects the Civil Service’s desire to be the most inclusive employer.