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Fund launched to make workplaces more inclusive

WORKPLACES in the region are being urged to bid into a new £800,000 equality fund.

It has been launched by the Scottish Government to make workplaces more inclusive and diverse and address longstanding barriers in the labour market so that everyone – irrespective of gender, age, race, or disability – can fulfil their potential.

Charities, third sector organisations, public sector organisations and private sector businesses can apply for up to £75,000 in each year of the fund to carry out activities that will help to improve diversity in the workplace.

The funding is to be used for projects focused on one or more priority groups from the following list: women; minority ethnic workers; disabled workers; older workers (those aged over 50); people who experience gender-based violence; workers who are experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness; workers experiencing symptoms of the menopause; and veterans and spouses of veterans.

Projects can take place within any sector, industry or geographic area provided that they demonstrate the impact on priority groups through addressing systemic inequalities in the workplace.

Minister for Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work Richard Lochhead MSP said: “Employment rates, pay gaps, occupational segregation, workplace discrimination and progression opportunities within the labour market vary significantly across Scotland.

“The Scottish Government is committed to inclusive economic growth and helping employers develop their workplace practices to address inequality is key to the Workplace Equality Fund.

“Promoting growth in employment opportunities and tackling inequality within the labour market is essential to the sustained, long-term prosperity of the Scottish economy.

“We encourage private, public and third sector organisations to apply for funding through the Workplace Equality Fund.”

Organisations and businesses that wish to apply for funding should visit www.equalityadvice.scot. Applications are open until April 11, 2022.

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