With 20% of workplace learning coming from mentoring and learning from colleagues, workplace mentoring schemes are essential to accelerate the personal and professional development of both mentors and mentees.
Diversity mentoring is a significantly valuable business strategy. It helps to retain and engage diverse talent and diversify the talent pipeline. It enables employers to maximise diversity, equality and inclusion. It increases skills, knowledge and awareness in sometimes challenging content areas and ultimately helps to establish a fully inclusive working environment and changes the company culture for the better.
Diversity mentoring has greater challenges than traditional mentoring schemes. As diversity mentoring aims to level the playing field, mentors are more likely to have conversations they haven’t had before in challenging subject areas. The mentees will have likely faced greater adversity and will need strategic and focused support from their mentor to help them tackle outcomes and goals.
We provide a comprehensive and reflective training course for diversity mentors currently or due to start a diversity mentoring relationship.
If you are looking to set-up a complete mentoring scheme within your organisation we can help.
We offer a complete mentoring package where we will set-up, train and facilitate a mentoring or reverse diversity mentoring scheme within your organisation focused on disability.
Disabled people often experience direct or indirect discrimination in the workplace, when accessing services or during recruitment processes. This is often not because organisations do not want to support or recruit them but because they are simply unaware of what they need to do or how to approach disability.
Often policy, guidance and services are designed without consideration and input from disabled people. Incorporating the needs of disabled people early prevents issues and saves organisations time, money and resources and increases diversity and inclusion.
We bring focus groups and disability together. We provide a safe space for organisations to generate feedback on a new or existing product or service, tackle a particular disability challenge and discuss and explore disability issues and best practice with disabled people with first-hand knowledge and invaluable experience.
Our service includes a fully facilitated virtual focus group with carefully selected disabled participants.
We provide a comprehensive review service where an individual or group of disabled people will review products, services, policies and processes and provide a written and/or oral account on how they can be strengthened by disability best practice and insight.
We unearth hidden areas of direct and indirect discrimination that may be not be obvious and provide advice on disability best practice. We review job description language and terminology, HR policies, website accessibility, test recruitment processes and much more.