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Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion sits at the heart of digital growth. The tech sector understands that innovation thrives from diversity of thought and is continually looking to attract, recruit and retain a diverse workforce. techUK is proud to support a number of initiatives that promote this, from doing outreach work to ensure that people regardless of their background are inspired into tech, to initiatives that help build more inclusive workplaces for those with different accessibility needs.

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🎧 The techUK podcast: celebrating female Heads of Policy

In this very special edition of the techUK podcast, techUK celebrates International Women’s Day 2022 by talking to female Heads of Policy of big tech comapnies within our membership. Moderated by techUK's Nimmi Patel, Policy Manager – Skills, Talent & Diversity, and Lulu Freemont, Head of Digital Regulation, techUK, we hear from an inspiring panel all about their experiences of working in digital policy and what more needs to be done to support inclusivity. 

Listen to: Becky Foreman, UK Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft, Katy Minshall, Head of UK Public Policy, Twitter, Rebecca Stimson, UK Head of Public Policy, Meta, Elizabeth Kanter, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, TikTok.

Delivering diversity

techUK has catalogued how members are committing to ethnic diversity in the tech workforce and are pushing for progress. Effective and sustainable solutions must cover all aspects of a company - the people, its processes, and its culture. It explores approaches from our membership focusing on four things: action in the community to inspire the next generation; attraction and recruitment; getting workplace culture right; and the development of diverse talent.

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techUK’s reaffirms commitment to abolishing all-male panels

techUK is recommitting to doing our bit to banish manels (all male panels) to the history books where they firmly belong. Since August 2017, techUK has made a commitment to abolish all-male panels (manels) at events and are ensuring we have gender diversity on our membership councils. We also strive to ensure that the events hosted at techUK adhere to this commitment and that our staff ensure the events they attend or speak at are gender diverse.

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techUK's ongoing commitment to improving diversity

techUK highlights ways it's pushing for more diversity and inclusion within the digital sectors, across it's membership. techUK's member companies are themselves diverse, operating across numerous sectors and all with their own individual hiring, training, and retraining practices. The journey these companies are on with their diversity and inclusion practices will be very different. However, the direction of travel is the same.

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Guide to help UK business leaders deliver inclusion, fairness, opportunity and value

techUK is proud to support the Leaders As Change Agents Board's Employer & Employee guide which has been specifically designed for CEOs and their leadership teams to help them deliver better inclusion, fairness, opportunity and value for every UK employer and employee.

The Guide sets out 8 tangible commitments for adoption as the cornerstone of a better workplace. The guide also includes a comprehensive step-by-step resource guidance to help organisations with adoption and effective delivery.

Webinars

Moving the dial on diversity: how to forward inclusion post-COVID

techUK’s ninth post-COVID webinar identified fundamental actions employers can take to keep diversity & inclusion at the forefront after the pandemic.

D&I in healthtech: Ways to be a good ally

Key takeaways from our London Tech Week event with NHSX, Tech4CV19 and the Department for International Trade.

#LTW panel: Is diversity in recruitment just a numbers game?

Catch up with this London Tech Week webinar from the techUK Skills and Diversity Council with our round-up and event recording.

Compassionate Leadership post-COVID

techUK and FDM explored what tangible actions people can take to practise and nurture compassionate leadership and challenge people to be more intentional in these areas.

Ethnic diversity in healthtech: Actions to do more

On 6 July, techUK hosted a webinar exploring race, inequalities, and inclusion across healthtech, healthcare and the NHS.

BEEqual: National Inclusion Week- Let’s talk about Disability in the Workplace

techUK joined BEEqual, Neurodiversity Works and Purple to talk about disability in the workplace.

From Crisis to Opportunity – Redesigning the Workplace

techUK joined forces with TIMEWISE – a company that works with talent through flexibility to explore redesigning the workplace on workshop around how to work from home effectively and manage teams.

Black Tech Fest

techUK was a strategic partner of Black Tech Fest, a digital festival celebrating innovation, creativity, and excellence during UK Black History Month, which aimed to create pathways for underrepresented talent.

 Tech Talent Charter

Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter discusses the importance of digital skills in the UK

techUK is a founding signatory and strategic board member of the Tech Talent Charter. The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater inclusion in the UK’s tech workforce. Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to the recruitment, promotion and retention of a diverse workforce. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, the TTC is supported by the UK Government's Digital Strategy.

Importantly, the Charter states that all signatories must provide data on their own workforce each year so that we can measure success and make more impactful, measurable changes as an industry for the future. The TTC now has over 460 members. Becoming a Signatory of the TTC is free, find out more here.

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All techUK's work is led by our members - keep in touch or get involved by joining the group or programme below. Our D&I working groups provide business intelligence, networking and event opportunities. Get involved if you are a techUK member.

Skills, Talent and Diversity

Making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business is contingent on our ability to skill, attract and retain the brightest global talent. techUK’s Skills, Talent and Diversity Programme seeks to ensure the UK has a world-leading tech workforce by equipping the pipeline of talent with digital skills to become digital leaders, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce & making sure the UK is an attractive location for talent from across the world.

Skills and Diversity Council

The Skills and Diversity Council aims to support the wider diversity and inclusion agenda in the tech sector and use their convening power take concrete steps to help the UK develop skills for the modern economy. The Council brings together some of the most influential networks and people working across the industry to champion diversity in tech.

Skills and Diversity Working Group

Delivering 21st Century Health and Care requires a digitally-skilled workforce. The Skills and Diversity Working Group is supporting the NHS and social care bodies to develop the next generation of digital leaders while encouraging diversity and inclusion in healthtech. For more information, please contact: Leontina Postelnicu| Programme Manager, Health and Social Care.

Nimmi Patel

Nimmi Patel

Policy Manager, Skills, Talent and Diversity, techUK

Antony Walker

Antony Walker

Deputy CEO, techUK

Jake Wall

Jake Wall

Programme Assistant, Policy, techUK

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techUK Annual Dinner 2022 | 13 July | Book now

 

The techUK Annual Dinner will take place on Wednesday, 13 July 2022. Our Annual Dinner is the established, must-attend business dinner in our calendar. The evening will begin with a drinks reception, allowing ample networking opportunities, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders.