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Diversity and Inclusion

A recruiter that builds careers – and changes lives

At Guidant, we love what we do. We love making a difference to our candidates’ careers and helping them to succeed. We also strive to instigate change within our industry and help our clients to lead the way within theirs. 

By actively working with our clients, suppliers and industry partners, we’re opening doors for people historically overlooked by the recruitment sector. We’re experts in delivering diversity and inclusion initiatives across many disadvantaged groups and have actively taken the lead within the recruitment industry when it comes to disability inclusion.

As well as being the right thing to do, our proactive approach to diversity and inclusion is driving diversity of thinking and increasing innovation within businesses. A more inclusive working environment that accurately represents the world we live in is quite simply in everyone’s interests.

We are proud to champion the following diversity and inclusion initiatives: 

Disability Inclusion

We are the only recruitment provider to achieve the Government’s Disability Confident Employer Scheme, level 3 status as a Disability Confident Leader and to have supported 13 of our suppliers to achieve level 2 status. We also have Clear Assured status and are founding members of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI).

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Fuller Working Lives
With an ageing population on track for approximately 19 million people over the age of 65 by 2050, we work closely with the government's Fuller Working Lives team at a time when there is much discussion and growing business engagement on how we can all collectively support longer working lives. As a leading recruitment outsourcing provider, we have a significant part to play in bringing forward much-needed change, embracing the exponential benefits of a multi-generational workforce and age diversity.
Apprenticeships
The government’s Apprenticeship Levy was brought into force in April 2017. While some employers remain uncertain about the best way to make use of their Apprenticeship Levy funds, we believe apprenticeships are an ideal opportunity to strengthen future talent pipelines and upskill existing workers. Not only does the levy hold significant opportunities for training and development, but it’s also a means to drive more diversity and inclusion in your business. We are currently working with our clients and training partners to deliver innovative, supportive and inclusive apprenticeship programmes that reach beyond young people to specifically target older workers and people with disabilities, giving vital opportunities to individuals from a huge array of backgrounds and cultures.
Employability Training
Guidant’s philosophy is to ensure everyone is treated equally and we aim to level the playing field in employment by reaching those from diverse and minority groups. Our national network of Job Centre Plus, Work Programme, Work Choice providers and tenants from Housing Associations also gives us a wider reach than most employers.

Our reach helps us to engage with, the unemployed, those returning to work after raising a family, or period of prolonged ill health, young people, those with disabilities and ex -offenders. This process strives to engage a candidate pool which may not follow the typical route into employment for a variety of reasons, and provides a base from which to develop the soft skills they may be lacking as well as industry recognised qualifications.
Gender Diversity

We are founding members of Women in Recruitment and have taken our Keeping Women In campaign to some of the country’s most influential employers, helping them identify ways to attract, retain and engage female talent. Download our Keeping Women In research now.

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Business in the Community
Ready for Work, Business in the Community’s national programme, helps some of society's most disadvantaged people to enter employment. Guidant Group is supporting the initiative via a series of work placements and mentoring programmes, enabling our employees to pass on a wealth of experience while building valuable relationships with people in the community.
Action for Children
Action for Children is focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged children from across the UK. Last year they supported more than 300,000 children, young people and their families – more than any other UK charity. The charity is active where Guidant Group’s clients, candidates and employees are – having an impact on the communities where we all live and work. For that reason, Action for Children is Guidant Group’s Charity of Choice.