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New job legislation positive for disadvantaged graduates

Published: Wednesday, 07 October 2009   Category: Diversity Jobs

A new bill due to be passed next spring will fast-track university leavers with disadvantaged backgrounds into graduate jobs.

The Equality Bill, which will replace existing legislations dealing with diversity in the workplace into one ruling, is set to ban discrimination based on disability, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation for graduate job providers.

According to the Guardian, the Department for Communities and Local Government will also launch a fire and rescue management employment programme designed especially for women and ethnic minorities.

Commenting on the new schemes, director of employment services at the disability charity Scope, Steve Cairns, told the newspaper: "Of our workforce, 22 per cent have a disability and we aim to improve that proportion at all levels, with 50 per cent of senior managers being people with disabilities by 2018."

The Independent recently reported that the eighth annual Ethnic Diversity Fair at Manchester University this month will see all 27 exhibitor stands filled as firms use the opportunity to show their commitment to graduate jobs.


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