Diversity and Inclusion in the Civil Service

We were delighted to receive a letter from Diana Hollywood, from the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. MyBigCareer has been working with Diana to support her project to improve diversity and inclusion in the Civil Service.

Diana wrote,

“I identified a need for holding a Civil Service & Public Sector Careers Fair for BAME and disadvantaged students of 14 -18 years of age across the Midlands held at Aston University for the day.

“Deborah Streatfield founder of MyBigCareer was the inspiration and motivation to support me in this project to help make it a success.

“Reaching out to various schools from Wolverhampton to Birmingham with 2 sessions in the day, with key note speakers in the lecture theatre to then disperse to a hall with many stands and information from across government depts and independent careers advise. Deborah was one of my key note speakers to engage and inspire the future generation to consider the CS and Public Sector as a career choice with many opportunities open to them and why they should reach for the skies as anything is possible with the right support and help in place to turn their live’s around and gain the same insight and support as those from a more privileged background. Giving a heart felt outline of why MBC was founded initially and many others who have been inspired and helped overcome barriers since. During the careers fair, Deborah had an independent stall showcasing the work of MBC for advice to those who wanted further information on various roles out with the CS and Public sector including university possibilities.

“The day was a huge success and many students benefited from an overall guidance to consider various choices open to them and for their future. Many were unaware of what was available due to the lack of information or support and hopefully the inspiration we gave will see them with a brighter and better understanding to seek further guidance if required. The success of one student has shined with a university placement to gain a Masters in Youth Justice and work/intern with HMCTS (Her Majesty Court and Tribunal Services). This may not have been possible if we had not held the event and paved the way for her to follow her passion”

Diana Hollywood
PVRO (Personnel Records Vetting Officer)
Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
Defence Medical Group
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2WB

Posted on May 28, 2019 in Our News

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