As part of our Elevate Pledge Inaugural report launch, we delve deeper into some of the successful diversity and inclusion initiatives highlighted in the report. In this piece, learn about BT Ireland’s Early Career Programme.
AT BT Ireland, one of our highest priorities is being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organisation, and our aim is to foster a sense of belonging among employees and to support everyone to reach their potential with us. We believe in fairness, equality and respect for human rights, but of course, it’s what we do and how we act, not just what we believe, that really matters.
When we looked at the diversity profile of our workforce, we found an under-representation of colleagues under 40, which meant that we would have many people retiring together into the future. We wanted to address this matter from a D&I perspective but also to de-risk our business into the future in terms of workforce planning. Recognising the challenges this could pose to our progression pipeline we undertook a strategic review of our career pathways. This review resulted in the development of a structured early career programmes.
Our aim is to attract and develop the future leaders of our business through our early career programmes, providing working environments that allow our early career colleagues to flourish and help develop a workforce that is powered by diversity of thought and is ready for our now and future skill requirements.
The programme has an annual intake of candidates for apprenticeships, internships and graduate placements. Candidates benefit from a very structured introduction to the company, extensive training and exposure to various parts of the business. In addition they are given a range of supports to optimise their experience.
Take a strategic approach and expect progress to take time. Review roles and create new levels to introduce candidates at different stages of their career. Put supports in place to ensure a smooth transition into the business. Listen for feedback and adapt and improve for each intake.
Learn more about the Elevate Pledge.
Business in the Community Ireland inclusive workplace report Female representation at senior level stands at 41% for participating companies against a national average of 29.7% Less than 1% of employees disclosed a disability, when a rate of 7% would be expected, and only 1.7% disclosed an ethnicity other than white, compared to an expectation
Supporting business to build inclusive, thriving communities is at the heart of the work of BITCI. Through our Inclusive Workplace Pledge – Elevate, we have set ourselves a vision to build a workforce that is fully reflective of our society. Despite being at full employment we know that certain groups experience disproportionate unemployment and experience
Returning to work following a long career break can be a considerably daunting experience for many women. This is accentuated when your professional field is in the technology space and the pace of change means that previously acquired skills and knowledge have become redundant. Yet, technology offers women incredible career opportunities; the ability to work
Recent events like the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements as well as the impact of the Covid19 pandemic on minority groups have demonstrated the reality of inequity in the world. A recent research study revealed that 49% of people in Ireland would not like to see more Black people immigrating to Ireland, and the figure goes higher for
|AWSELB||0||15 minutes||This cookie is associated with Amazon Web Services and is used for managing sticky sessions across production servers.|
|bcookie||0||2 years||This cookie is set by linkedIn. The purpose of the cookie is to enable LinkedIn functionalities on the page.|
|BIGipServerTethys||1||Used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers in order to optimise response times.|
|bm_sz||1||4 hours||Akamai Bot Manager|
|bscookie||1||2 years||Used by the social networking service, LinkedIn, for tracking the use of embedded services.|
|cf_ob_info||0||1 minute||Used by CloudFare to display a notice in case the website is temporarily unavailable.|
|cf_use_ob||0||1 minute||Used by CloudFare to display a notice in case the website is temporarily unavailable.|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessary||0||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Necessary".|
|cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessary||0||11 months||This cookie is set by GDPR Cookie Consent plugin. The cookies is used to store the user consent for the cookies in the category "Non Necessary".|
|exp_tracker||1||50 years ago|
|GPS||0||30 minutes||This cookie is set by Youtube and registers a unique ID for tracking users based on their geographical location|
|IDE||1||2 years||Used by Google DoubleClick and stores information about how the user uses the website and any other advertisement before visiting the website. This is used to present users with ads that are relevant to them according to the user profile.|
|lang||0||This cookie is used to store the language preferences of a user to serve up content in that stored language the next time user visit the website.|
|lidc||0||1 day||This cookie is set by LinkedIn and used for routing.|
|li_sugr||0||2 months||Used to make a probabilistic match of a user's identity outside the Designated Countries. LinkedIn.|
|PHPSESSID||0||This cookie is native to PHP applications. The cookie is used to store and identify a users' unique session ID for the purpose of managing user session on the website. The cookie is a session cookies and is deleted when all the browser windows are closed.|
|test_cookie||0||11 months||This cookie is set by doubleclick.net. The purpose of the cookie is to determine if the users' browser supports cookies.|
|uid||0||1 year||This cookie is used to measure the number and behavior of the visitors to the website anonymously. The data includes the number of visits, average duration of the visit on the website, pages visited, etc. for the purpose of better understanding user preferences for targeted advertisments.|
|UIDR||0||1 year||This cookie is set bu scorecardresearch.com. The cookie is used to tracks the users activity across the internet on the browser such as visit timestamp, IP address, and most recently visited webpages. and may the data send to 3rd party for analysis and reporting to help their clients better understand user preferences.|
|UserMatchHistory||0||4 weeks||This cookie is used to track visitors so that more relevant ads can be presented based on the visitor's preferences.|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||1||5 months||This cookie is set by Youtube. Used to track the information of the embedded YouTube videos on a website.|
|vuid||0||2 years||These cookies are used by the Vimeo video player on websites.|
|YSC||1||This cookies is set by Youtube and is used to track the views of embedded videos.|
|_abck||0||1 year||Akamai Bot Manager.|
|_ga||0||2 years||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, camapign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assigns a randoly generated number to identify unique visitors.|
|_gat||0||1 minute||This cookies is installed by Google Universal Analytics to throttle the request rate to limit the colllection of data on high traffic sites.|
|_gat_UA-31958458-1||0||1 minute||This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.|
|_gid||0||1 day||This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the wbsite is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages viisted in an anonymous form.|
|__cfruid||1||Cookie associated with sites using CloudFlare, used to identify trusted web traffic.|
|__stid||0||1 year||The cookie is set by ShareThis. The cookie is used for site analytics to determine the pages visited, the amount of time spent, etc.|