Jobcentre Plus Is Finalist In National Employer Of The Year Awards

The Birmingham and Solihull district Jobcentre Plus is in the running to lift a prestigious national award which recognises innovation and creative thinking in work-life balance.

Jobcentre Plus has been short listed by the Parents at Work charity's judging panel for the 'Driving Diversity Award' supported by Ford Motor Company Limited. Its 'Diversity with Purpose' initiative includes policies to support the diversity and equality agenda including flexible working agreements, a work-life balance toolkit and a 'keep in touch' scheme for people on maternity and sick leave. In addition, the Jobcentre has encouraged participation in schemes such as Bring Your Children to Work Day and the Work Experience Enterprise Programme.

"Judging is now underway and the winner will be announced on 26 November," said Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Parents at Work, a charity that provides information and support to working parents. "It is inspiring to see such a wide range of organisations taking work-life balance seriously and demonstrating the business benefits it can bring."

Representatives from both Ford and Parents at Work make up the five-strong judging panel. The winner will receive a silver salver from Ford at an awards gala ceremony later this year.

Surinder Sharma, Ford's director of diversity, said: "Ford has a long track record of positive diversity actions and therefore it is only natural that we are pleased to support this great initiative."

Published : 04/10/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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