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More wins for Rare at Race Equality Awards


On 11th October, Rare celebrated a series of wins at the Business in the Community Race Equality Awards 2016. Now in their 10th year, the Awards celebrate outstanding practice, innovation and dedication to race equality and inclusion in UK workplaces.

Rare’s Josh Oware won the Role Models in the Workplace Award – Small Organisation. Rare’s partnership with the Civil Service was highly commended. TeachFirst and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – two Rare clients – also won awards.

Josh’s achievements have been plentiful, from receiving the highest first in his year at Oxford University; coordinating Target Oxbridge, another of Rare’s award winning programmes which has welcomed critically acclaimed author Zadie Smith as its patron; and writing research that has had national and international impact. Josh’s 2013 research piece lead to the creation of Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) – software that helps level the playing field in the graduate job market.

Rare was highly commended for its partnership with the Civil Service in the Recruiting Diverse Talent Award – Public Sector category. The partnership was formed to improve the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates in government. Through a series of bespoke development programmes, this year has seen 108 BAME candidates secure an offer on the Civil Service internship.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won the Recruiting Diverse Talent – Private Organisation Award for their Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer recognise that black and black mixed-race males from low-income families are disproportionately under-represented at senior levels, and their scholarship seeks to address this. The programme was set up by partner Annette Byron who is a member of Rare’s Contextual Recruitment Steering Group.

Teach First won the Future Workforce Award for its innovative means of ensuring that its Undergraduate Programmes (UP) are diverse. It is through the UP that TeachFirst feed the pipeline for the Leadership Development Programme, and so it plays a critical role.

We congratulate our clients, and Josh, for all of their hard work. We look forward to continuing to work together to improve ethnic and social diversity in the workplace.

You can watch Rare's video submission for Josh here. A full list of the winners, highly commended and finalist organisations is available online

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