LONDON, October 31, 2007 –
Stonewall has launched the third edition of Starting Out, Britain’s
only national lesbian and gay recruitment guide. Designed for discerning
graduates and job-seekers, it’s targeted at the 150,000 lesbian and gay
students in Britain.
“Increasingly, young gay and
lesbian graduate recruits want to choose employers who will support and
welcome them,” said Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive.
“Starting Out provides a
must-have guide to more than 250 workplaces determined to attract the very
best talent in 2007, regardless of background. In an increasingly
competitive recruitment market, employers are understandably keen to
demonstrate that they connect with all their potential recruits.”
20,000 hard copies of Starting
Out, sponsored by Credit Suisse, are being distributed to Student
Unions, University Careers Services, Employment Agencies and University
Lesbian and Gay Societies across Britain. The guide is also available
Anita Harper, EMEA co-head of
diversity and inclusion at Credit Suisse, said she was delighted at the
“Credit Suisse has a strong
Diversity and Inclusion programme and actively fosters a positive working
environment for its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender staff,” she
A launch event, attended by
students from across Britain and also supported by Credit Suisse, was held
at the University of London Union (ULU).
Jennifer Huseman, ULU president,
said: “Starting Out showcases those employers who work hard to
develop and maintain a culture in which differing abilities and backgrounds
are fostered and valued in the workplace. Equality is at the heart of many
of our campaigns and we welcome the chance to work alongside organisations
such as Stonewall.”
David Shields, director of
workplace programmes at Stonewall said the group was “very pleased indeed”
that so many employers are promoting themselves and their diversity
“Employers featured in Starting
Out know that promoting themselves to the best and brightest graduates
demonstrates leadership and helps them stay ahead of the game,” he said.
New entries in this year’s guide
include those from Channel 4, Allen & Overy, Deloitte & Touche, the Royal
Air Force, Westminster City Council and the Charity Commission.
Fleur Bothwick, director of
diversity and inclusiveness at Ernst and Young LLP, one of the 254 major
employers featured in Starting Out, said that Starting Out has impact
“and has to be the most professional and informative way to engage with gay
and lesbian students”.
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Posted: 31 October 2007 at
22:00 (UK time)