Diversity in Tees Conference 

To celebrate 10 years of BME achievement, the Tees Valley BME Achievement Awards will host an Equality and Diversity event in our region to explore how we can improve race equality and identify the challenges we face as employers, service providers and communities. We will be introducing positive action frameworks which can improve workforce diversity as well as share good practice from around the Region.

This event is aimed at key stakeholders in the Tees Valley from both Public, Private and the VCS sector as well as local community groups.

A new Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. The Act simplifies, strengthens and harmonises the current legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law which protects individuals from unfair treatment and promotes a fair and more equal society, how diverse is the Tees Valley and the North East of England? How do employers meet their public duty with respect to BME communities?

Equality legislation refers to steps Public bodies can take to encourage people from different groups to overcome historic disadvantage, or low participation in education, training, and welfare. This is referred to "Positive Action", but what does this mean for Employers in the North East?

Positive action measures must aim to:

  • Alleviate disadvantage experienced by people who share a protected characteristic; or
  • Reduce underrepresentation in relation to particular activities; or
  • Meet particular needs.

Such measures must be proportionate to achieving the aim. This year we will be hosting a Diversity Conference aimed at Public, Private and the VCS to see how we can share good practice and highlight case studies which demonstrate positive action in practice. This will be followed by a BME Community Employment Fair, where Employers can actively promote pipeline and live employment vacancies, Board or Governance positions available within their Organisation.


Aim of event

This half-day event aims to bring race equality to the forefront for key stakeholders across Tees Valley. It will address some of the joint inequalities which BME communities face and explore how public, private and the VCS sector can work collaboratively to help redress inequalities within employment and service delivery.


How will we benefit?

• Understand how to increase your power to change the organisational culture

• Implement actions which improve workforce diversity

• Grow your network and join a community of leaders who are making a difference


Who should attend

This event is aimed at key stakeholders in the Tees Valley from both Public, Private and the VCS sector, Apprenticeship providers, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion leads


Date of event: Wednesday 10th October 2018

Venue: Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough TS1 4QJ

Time: 9.15-1.30 

The Diversity Conference will be followed by a BME Employment Fair from 2.00 - 4.30 PM. Stallholders and Exhibitors will be expected to set up after 1.00.


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