Differences are revered at Corecom. We champion them. We seek them out. And we thrive on them. It’s a well-known fact that the celebration of differences in business improves employee and business wellbeing. It positively breeds pride, engagement and satisfaction, and, in turn, improves retention, turnover and, ultimately, profits.

However, as a recruiter, we also recognise that we have an important role to play in guiding and supporting our clients, candidates and future generations to recognise their potential and the role we all have to play in striving for a diverse and inclusive sector.

We work closely with clients to challenge and overhaul misperceptions and closed working practices. Simultaneously, we collaborate with our community partners to drive up aspirations and develop skills to create a truly rich and diverse sector.

The stats speak for themselves

  • An abysmal 2.6% of people in tech boardrooms are BAME
  • However, innovation increases by 20% amongst those that allow for diversity of thinking
  • And racially diverse teams outperform competitors by a whopping 35%

Our D&I mission and values

Our mission is to grow a truly inclusive and diverse tech sector to be championed. A sector that benefits and embraces all. A sector that is creative, robust and progressive, with a steady pipeline of highly skilled talent. Reflecting our mission are our values:  

  • Diversity and respect – Cultivating an inclusive environment whereby people are comfortable being their true selves and encouraged to share their experiences 
  • Innovation – Embedding Diversity & Inclusion as a foundation for internal and external recruitment, advising candidates and clients on how to improve their D&I standing 
  • Delivering Excellence – Pro-actively championing D&I internally to ensure equal opportunities and improve employee satisfaction
  • Integrity – Understanding our individual responsibility within D&I across the to ensure continuous improvement, both personally and professionally and holding each other accountable in support of an inclusive environment 
  • Collaboration – Partnering with our clients to raise awareness of the benefits of having a diverse workforce and of creating an equal and inclusive environment

Driving our D&I mission are our dedicated Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Ambassadors, Aishia Ullah and Dom Brown. Together they work continuously to address and overcome the barriers to building a diverse and inclusive workforce across the sector.

Our Diversity & Inclusion ambassadors

Our work includes educating clients on the practicalities of developing an inclusive work culture that celebrates and seeks diversity. Our aim is to redress the balance – enabling and ensuring opportunities for those at risk of exclusion whilst also building a robust pipeline of talent for the sector.

What have we done so far?

  • Appointed two D&I Ambassadors to represent and drive equality and diversity in every facet of our work
  • Undertaken ‘train the trainer’ training with Diversity in Recruitment founder, Jo Major
  • Created our Women in Technology engagement team
  • Recruited a 40% female team: increasing from 18% since 2019
  • Brought female leaders together from across the sector through our award winning WITBoss networking events
  • Delivered training and workshops on D&I topics including ‘how to write inclusive job adverts’, unconscious bias and blind CVs
  • Diverse CV shortlisting  
  • Provision of tech sector advice, mentoring and training
  • Conceptualising and delivery of client digital marketing campaigns 
  • Regular team events to raise awareness and celebrate D&I events such as PRIDE
  • Collaborated with educational partners including Leeds Beckett University, University of Liverpool and Barnsley College to raise aspirations and develop skills for women in IT
  • Worked with community partners to establish and deliver workshops and masterclasses on CV writing, IT skills and job application advice, for female refugees and other vulnerable communities
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I have seen the challenges that people with protected characteristics face and I’d like to be a part of the population that is fighting for change. I have personally seen benefits from growing up within a diverse friendship group and around a family from different culture backgrounds. I want to encourage people to celebrate people’s differences and to take the opportunity to learn about others and accept them for who they are just as they would like to be accepted themselves.

Dom Brown, Team Leader an D&I Ambassador