Moving on up

Women, disabled people and people from BME communities who face barriers to entering or progressing in the career are the focus of a brand new investment announced by BIG.

Moving Up which opened to applications on 21 May has  £1.5 million to invest.  Funding is available for organisations working with the aforementioned groups who can demonstrate they actively engage with employers to encourage and support the career progression of individuals from these groups.

BIG’s research and consultation has shown that women, disabled people and people from BME communities are often frustrated by a lack of opportunity in the workplace. Labour market statistics also show that these groups find it harder to obtain work and progress to higher paid and managerial roles.

Carolyn Sawers, Head of Policy, said “BIG is pleased to be helping tackle workplace inequalities in Scotland. We all know that it can be hard to get a job but sometimes moving up is just as much of a challenge. This new funding complements the huge investment BIG already makes helping people get a job and gives extra support for women, disabled people and people from BME communities to move up in the workplace. Through the funding we hope not only to support individuals but give employers real tools and examples that will help change workplaces for the better in the long term.”

BIG is looking for a few, high impact projects that could be developed as models of best practice and share their learning beyond the life of a grant. Organisations interested in hearing more about the programme should contact our Moving Up team by emailing or calling our Enquires line on 0300 123 7110.

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