The role of HR in supporting Career Development for Minority Groups

“Employees from a BAME background are significantly more likely than those from a white British or other ethnic background to say career progression is an important factor in their working life. However, they are more likely to say their career to date has failed to meet their expectations than white British employees”, (CIPD).

The lack of diversity at the top of companies in the UK is an issue that is ever more prevalent in 2021. Everyone should always have equal access to promotions, and work opportunities to reach their true potential.

However, the reality is that this is not seen in practice at the pace needed for a majority of UK companies. Addressing racial equality is a vital issue that must be a priority for all UK businesses at the moment. 

If you want to learn more about what you can do as a HR professional to support BAME workers join BWHR and Yvonne Akinmodun at the BWHR Annual Networking Conference where she will deliver a crucial Masterclass titled: The role of HR in supporting career development for minority groups.

The Key Learning points include:

  • Understanding some of the main barriers to career progression for minority employees in the workplace
  • Overcoming barriers to career development
  • Being clear on the possible role of HR in supporting career development among their minority staff 
  • Identifying who else needs to support career development for minority groups for it to be a success.
  • Discussion around best practice

Yvonne Akinmodun is a certified Executive & Career Coach and her passion is working with people to help them realise their full potential. Before becoming a career coach in 2017, she was a full-time HR consultant for 10 years. Prior to that, she worked as a HR Director for a large housing organisation in London.

A change in her personal circumstance marked a turning point in her life as it provided her with an opportunity to take a step back and reassess her career. She’d known for a while that she didn’t want to continue as an HR consultant but it wasn’t until 2018, that she made the transition into career coaching.

It was as a result of spending several years working in a career that no longer fulfilled her but not knowing how to move forward that she was motivated to search for her true vocation. This is how her journey into career coaching began.

As a career coach, she has appeared in career podcasts, been interviewed on radio and written articles about leadership and career coaching. She coaches professionals and executives to take charge and manage their careers which often include developing their career confidence on a one to one or group basis.  

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