West Yorkshire Equality Mentoring Scheme
The year-long West Yorkshire Equality Mentoring scheme was launched in February 2010. It was a career development project for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of the four West Yorkshire local authorities: Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield councils.
Each council aimed to use the project to meet staff development and diversity objectives; and to improve their ranking within the Stonewall 100 index.
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Infrastruct developed the mentoring scheme in consultation with a project board and:
- Ran briefing sessions for potential participants in each council
- Developed guidance materials
- Conducted an external selection process
- Trained all mentees and mentors
- Monitored progress with individuals
- Set up evaluation criteria and ran an interim evaluation workshop
- Ran a final workshop and produced a report with the results of the project
Seventeen mentoring pairs met monthly, influencing development opportunities for the mentees.
“The match with my mentor is excellent and has enabled me to look at my career in a different way.”
Mentors also gained from the scheme.
“An excellent experience for me as a mentor.”
All the councils improved their ranking in the 2011 Stonewall Equality Index.
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“Infrastruct are professional, efficient and effective in all that they do - delivery and maintaining high standards throughout the project. Infrastruct add value through innovative approaches and the use of their established network.”
Jane Lockwood – Corporate Learning and Development Manager, Kirklees Council