Going Above and Beyond in Diverse Public Service Recruitment

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This event will support iNetwork members to identify opportunities and best practice in attracting a talented and diverse workforce

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Covid-19 has highlighted the crucial role of the local public sector in keeping society going. Despite this, renewed talk about public sector pay freezes, and the perception of some that the local public sector is stuffy and inefficient, poses a serious challenge to the effective recruitment of enthusiastic and skilled colleagues into the sector. This, combined with the phenomenon of demographic ageing, risks a potential skills shortage in some of our most socially important jobs.

In this seminar, we invite you to listen to some leading examples of innovation in recruitment processes, advertising channels, organisational branding, diversity, and inclusion, which are supporting public services to attract a diverse range of new talent and, in doing so, equipping the sector to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

You will have the opportunity to consider your own organisation’s recruitment processes and skills attraction strategies, and to ask questions of peers and leading practitioners on these topics.

What’s on the agenda?

Phil Pennill and Caron Tinto, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

In this session, Phil and Caron from the GMCA Skills Intelligence Team will explore some of the insights gained from their analysis of of the Greater Manchester labour market and current skills gaps across the region. They will also share some case studies of organisations that are trying innovative approaches to diversify recruitment in the local public sector. Finally, Phil and Caron will encourage colleagues to consider how things might be done differently in our own organisations to attract a more diverse range of people and skills into the sector.

Vimla Appadoo, UK Culture Shift

"What does a diverse culture look like?"

Vimla is Head of Experience at UK Culture Shift, and a trustee of Diversity UK. Vimla's session will explore the role of leadership and decision makers so that we can embed diverse cultures in the workplace, to help everyone feel happier and safer at work.

Who should attend?

This session will be of interest to anybody who is considering how innovative practices might attract a wider and more diverse range of skills and talents into the local public sector. This includes for example, any hiring managers, directors, and heads of services, as well as colleagues working more generally in recruitment, HR, diversity & inclusion, and organisational development.

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iNetwork creates space for local public services organisations to "collaborate to innovate" to deliver more innovative and cost effective support for individuals, families and communities.

A large number of councils, police, fire, health, housing and voluntary sector organisations are members of iNetwork. In addition, we run National Programmes for Central Government and host the National Information Standards body for Local Government, with our sister programme iStandUK.

Established in 2001 by local authorities, iNetwork has been hosted by Tameside MBC since 2006 and have a history of enabling and supporting reform in local public services.

We work across many areas of the government and social sectors to upskill leaders; share best practice and facilitate collaborative thinking spaces. With support from approximately 90 expert advocates who instill their passions, visions and direction into the iNetwork community through the Network Leadership Groups and Executive Boards.

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