GLD Social Mobility Network and GLD Race Network
We would like to nominate our Social Mobility and Race Networks jointly for the outstanding work they have done in outreach and recruitment to advance entry into the Government Legal Department for under represented groups.
Our Social Mobility Network have undertaken a number of outreach actions in recent months:
- They visited Immanuel College in Bradford to conduct mock interviews with year 11, 12 and 13 students.
- In February, they produced an easy to follow toolkit for outreach activities, including suggestions for workshops with small groups of students, ice breakers, speed networking exercises and an off shelf powerpoint presentation on being a Government lawyer.
Both networks contribute to GLD's Summer Diversity Scheme. GLD partners with the Law Society, the BLD Foundation, Brunel University, Social Mobility Foundation and Aspiring Solicitors, who, between them, select 30 students from BME backgrounds or from lower economic backgrounds. The students are given a week of work shadowing, practical workshops, application workshops and a tour of the Supreme Court in order to showcase the life of a government lawyer as an attractive career option.
The GLD Race network provided an evidence base to Senior Management on why targets are necessary for SCS representation. GLD is not obliged to set a target for BME representation in the SCS, but has set a target of 12% by June 2020, which will be reviewed and updated. We also piloted our BME Mentoring scheme this year, where grade 6 BME colleagues were paired with a director general mentor and grade 7s were paired with director level mentors.
The GLD Race network also curated an ambitious programme of Black History Month events, including talks by historians, investigative journalists, artists and curators, as well as contributions from the Civil Service Race Champion and the Ethnic Diversity Programme.