Just a thought regarding Naomi Feinstein’s comment in your ‘no whites’ news story (Personnel Today, 10 January). Positive action does not only apply to training. It applies to a whole host of other HR factors, such as:
- Where job opportunities are advertised.
- Visiting schools and minority support groups to ‘reach out’ to communities which are under-represented in particular organisations.
- Adjusting criteria for recruitment, retention and promotion (for example, educational qualifications), particularly where it can be demonstrated that under-represented groups do not have equality of opportunity in education.
- Other developmental opportunities, such as shadowing, mentoring, secondments and so on.
It is about time people understood what was meant by ‘positive action’ – it has been with us since 1975.
Equality and diversity manager
HM Courts Service, London