Teach First wins at UK race equality awards
The awards ceremony, which was hosted by ITV News presenter Charlene White, took place last night (6th October 2015) at the Hilton Park Lane and was attended by more than 500 business leaders. Now in their ninth year, the Awards celebrate outstanding practice, innovation and dedication to race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces.
Teach First won the Race for Opportunity Transparency, Monitoring & Action Award, which is for for a programme or initiative that recognises best practice in organisations that are leading in monitoring and evaluating the attraction, recruitment, development, employee engagement, appraisal/performance ratings and retention of BAME employees in their workplace.
James Darley, Executive Director of Graduate Recruitment at Teach First said: "Almost a quarter of state-school secondary students are from ethnic minority backgrounds, but only 12% of teachers are. To give young people the inspirational role models they need it's vital that more people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds head into the classroom. We are delighted to have received this recognition of our work in this area, and will continue to champion diversity in our organisation and in education."
Sandra Kerr, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, said: "Congratulations to Teach First on winning the Race for Opportunity Transparency, Monitoring & Action Award. They are thinking in terms of the complete talent pipeline by ensuring ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels within their organisation, developing the diverse talent they attract and creating a reputation as a great place to work. Teach First offers a great example of best practice in this area and should be incredibly proud of this achievement."
Adrian Joseph, Director, Enterprise Analytics Services EMEA, Google, and Chair, Business in the Community Race Equality Leadership Team, said: "I'd like to congratulate Teach First on their success in winning the Race for Opportunity Transparency, Monitoring & Action Award. Our Award winners demonstrate the positive impact of embedding diversity and inclusion into the core of their business case. Their achievements set a great example for other organisations to follow."