Graduate recruitment taskforce to push for racial equality

A
taskforce to drive forward racial equality in graduate recruitment has been
launched.

The
Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and the Association of Graduate
Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) have formed the joint force and are calling
for employers to provide information about their own positive action
initiatives.

The
information will be used to create a directory of the work that graduate
recruiters are doing to promote racial diversity and will list contact details
of all the employers, university careers advisory services and specialist
diversity agencies that choose to participate.

The
directory will be used by university careers advisory services to point their
students to employers and agencies with positive initiatives. It could also be
used as a reference tool by universities and employers who are considering
implementing diversity programmes – providing them with ideas and contact
details, so they can talk to organisations who already have positive initiatives
in place.

Carl
Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, said: "We are keen to see examples
of best practice in attracting, supporting and retaining talent from diverse
ethnic backgrounds and we know that many universities and employers are engaged
in a range of positive action initiatives and activities. This is something
that organisations should be proud to publicise."

To participated contact Patrick.Johnson@man.ac.uk by 19
December.         

The
directory will be published online and available free of charge from the spring
of 2004
.

www.agr.org.uk

By Quentin Reade

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