We are very privileged to announce that our CEO, Steve Anderson, has been appointed to the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board of the Institute of Coding (IoC).
The IoC was recently established, with the Prime Minister making the announcement at Davos 2018. The IoC is a unique collaboration of businesses, universities, professional bodies and outreach that has been made possible by £20m from the Office for Students and match funded through the consortium of partners.
The IoC brings together around 100 partners, including universities, large corporates (i.e. IBM, JPMorgan, Microsoft), small and medium sized enterprises, established industry groups, experts in the delivery of distance and non-traditional learning and professional bodies. Being led by the University of Bath, the aim is to develop and deliver innovative, industry-focused education across the UK that meets the skills and industry needs of the future.
The Mission – ‘We exist to break down barriers to learning and employment. We believe learning should be a lifelong process and that everyone has a right to improve their skills. Our mission is to spread opportunity by offering access to education, providing what you need, when you need it, in a place you can reach.’
The programme is very focussed towards skills development and employer engagement, and the role of the D&I Advisory Board is to ensure Widening Participation for all. The D&I Advisory Board has a good mix of agenda areas, and Board members include Diane Lightfoot, CEO, The Business Disability Forum, Fleur Bothwick, Director of Diversity and Inclusive Leadership for EMEIA at EY, and is Chaired by renowned accessibility expert, Neil Milliken of Atos.
The objectives of the Board include:
- boosting equality and diversity in technology-related education and careers from early contact through to employment
- removing barriers in education to broaden reach, create new products and services that provide flexible opportunities for participation
- a UK National focal point for educators and industry with expertise in widening participation, diversity and inclusion to share best practice and develop new joint initiatives
- achieve sustainable impact for women, young people, people with disabilities, BAME, LGBT, returners to work, local communities….and give attention to ensure age diversity measures are addressed
Steve Anderson says: “It demonstrates a further recognition of our work at The Age Diversity Forum, and we are honoured to be invited to the Board to lead and represent for age diversity.”
At the most recent Board meeting in London, we are moving forward the D&I agenda for women in technology along with key focus requirements for disability in the workplace. It is a great forum for all areas of the D&I agenda to receive equal attention, and we are having inclusive discussions about a number of IoC age diversity projects for 2019, with an Autumn business conference in Bristol, as well as support for our inaugural National day for Age Diversity, set for June 11th 2019. (click here to take part)
We are also very pleased to invite you to the first IoC Annual Conference, being held in Manchester in March 2019. Please see the attached details of the event, where you can choose your own areas of interest, plus there is the opportunity to attend a networking dinner on the Tuesday evening, being held at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).
Our CEO, Steve Anderson is attending, representing the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board, and would be delighted to see you there. If you would like to arrange a one-to-one meet, please contact us at [email protected]