Leaders of the Future - Integrating Diversity within the Learning and Skills Sector

This report outlines a small research study designed to explore the career development of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff in the learning skills sector.The research examines the careers of successful individuals from race and ethnic minority backgrounds.Using qualitative research methods, this study found that lack of support, lack of inclusion, lack of career help and a tough work environment negatively impact on the careers of those interviewed. The support that individuals either receive or do not receive is just as critical as the difficulties caused by a tough work environment, the lack of career structure and career development. The research found a certain ambivalence from respondents about what is perceived to be 'special treatment' such as subsidised places on training programmes and the work of the Black Leadership Initiative. There is a feeling by some of those interviewed that they do not wish to be singled out in this way. The report concludes with various recommendations about recruitment and selection, organisational culture and career development.

Holton, V. & Bertie, C. (2007) Leaders of the Future - Integrating Diversity within the Learning and Skills Sector, in Researching Leadership in the Learning and Skills Sector:By the Sector, On the Sector, For the Sector, CEL Practitioner, pp.121 - 131, Vol. 1, Professor David Collinson (ed.)

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