Leading sector bodies scoop WorldSkills UK diversity award

Two leading further education organisations have won the 2022 WorldSkills UK ‘EDI initiative of the year’ award, during a virtual ceremony held on 24 February.

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and Association of Colleges (AoC) won the prestigious award for their ‘diversity in leadership’ programme. The two organisations jointly run the programme, which is funded and managed by the ETF and delivered by AoC.

The programme aims to challenge bias, remove obstacles to leadership roles and build confidence. Participants reported high levels of satisfaction on the breadth and depth of topics, and the quality of the coaching offered by and to those from minority backgrounds.

Apinder Sidhu, ETF Diversity and Inclusion Lead and founder of the diversity in leadership programme, commented:

“The ETF is absolutely delighted to have won the WorldSkills EDI initiative of the year award. This shows how our diversity in leadership programme is helping to inspire future leaders to drive change in their organisations and communities.”

Jeff Greenidge, AoC Director for Diversity, added:

“AoC is thrilled that the partnership with the ETF has made such an impact on the individual participants and that so many of them have gone on to use the insights and learnings to effect change in their organisations.”

Some participants in the programme were selected as ‘Game Changers’ and supported to develop their own EDI projects. This growing, and increasingly influential, network of over 40 EDI practitioners was created to help drive transformation across colleges. Case studies of two the ‘Game Changers’ from the diversity in leadership programme – Hilda Koon and Jaspal Dhaliwal – are available to read on the ETF website.

The WorldSkills UK ‘Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Awards’ aim to recognise and celebrate those who are making a difference to diversity and inclusion. There are eight categories, with awards given to both organisations and individuals.

A film shown as part of the ceremony, featuring Apinder, Jeff and programme participants Ellisha Soanes and Kam Nandra, is available to watch on Youtube.

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