The Careers and Employability Service is committed to ensuring that all students make a successful transition into the world of work or further study. However, we are aware that students from African, Asian and other Minoritised Groups (AAMG) face discrimination on and are under-represented in the workplace and this page has been developed by our Equality and Diversity Project team to provide information and resources to empower them.
Equality, Inclusion and Diversity are key themes in graduate recruitment and responsible employers monitor their recruitment practices to ensure they are fair and equal and do not discriminate against people based upon an ethnic or cultural bias.
There are a number of organisations offering 'positive action' internships, events and programmes designed to attract and recruit graduates from diverse social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds so that the workforce across a range of sectors is more reflective of the diversity of the population at large.
We have developed a list of some of these programmes which can be found here. This includes what sectors they cover and a calendar to say what schemes are open for applications in any given month.
The following are examples of these programmes:
- Creative Access - Creative Access fills a gap in the current creative landscape by helping young people from Black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic backgrounds, as well as those with a lower socioeconomic status (SES), to secure both jobs and paid training opportunities in creative companies. Aimed at final years/graduates who must be available to undertake the internship opportunity.
- Summer Diversity Internship Programme - The Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) gives people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like. It puts talented undergraduates and graduates on a work placement in a government department. As a successful applicant, you’ll get an insight into the broad range of opportunities available across the Civil Service.
- Taylor Bennett Foundation - The Taylor Bennett Foundation’s training and mentoring programmes exist to encourage black, Asian and ethnic minority graduates to pursue a career in communications.
- Windsor Fellowship - The Windsor Fellowship (WF) is a charitable organisation that design and deliver innovative personal development and leadership programmes, which enables talent from diverse communities to be realised. Achieved by partnering with leading organisations from the private and public sectors as well as developing relationships with schools, universities and community groups throughout the UK - they offer a range of programmes.
The Equality Act - Your Rights
The Equality Act 2010 says you must not be discriminated against because of your race.
In the Equality Act, race can mean your colour, or your nationality (including your citizenship). It can also mean your ethnic or national origins, which may not be the same as your current nationality. For example, you may have Chinese national origins and be living in Britain with a British passport.
Race also covers ethnic and racial groups. This means a group of people who all share the same protected characteristic of ethnicity or race.
The Equality Act 2010 also says you must not be discriminated against because:
- You are (or are not) of a particular religion
- You hold (or do not hold) a particular philosophical belief
- Someone thinks you are of a particular religion or hold a particular belief (this is known as discrimination by perception)
- You are connected to someone who has a religion or belief (this is known as discrimination by association)
In the Equality Act religion or belief can mean any religion, for example an organised religion like Christianity, Judaism, Islam or Buddhism, or a smaller religion like Rastafarianism or Paganism, as long as it has a clear structure and belief system. The Equality Act also covers non-belief or a lack of religion or belief.
If you feel there are cultural, religious or other reasons relating to your ethnicity that affect your choice of career, career planning or job search strategy, please come and talk about these with our advisers. It is important to remember that employers are not allowed to treat a person less favourably than others due to their race, ethnicity, religion or belief. This is discrimination and is illegal. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in your search for work or feel that an employer has treated you unfairly on the basis of your ethnic origin you can do the following: