In our Industry: Diversity Drives Success!
At the ITP, we believe that diversity is not just a buzzword; it's a cornerstone of innovation, productivity, and excellence. Our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace is not just a promise but a practice that defines our core values. We understand that a diverse workforce brings unique perspectives, ideas, and talents that move us forward in today's telecoms landscape.
Diversity is not just a tickbox exercise—it's a catalyst for success. It fosters creativity, encourages open-mindedness, and enhances problem-solving capabilities. By embracing individuals from various backgrounds, experiences, and cultures, we create a vibrant and dynamic environment where every team member feels valued, heard, and empowered to contribute their best.
Our Diverse Recruitment Package
Tailored Recruitment Strategies:
We recognise that a one-size-fits-all approach doesn't work in recruitment. Our team of experts crafts personalised recruitment strategies that not only attract top talent from diverse backgrounds but also ensure that your team reflects the rich tapestry of the global workforce.
Inclusive Hiring Practices:
Our commitment to diversity extends to our hiring processes. We employ inclusive hiring practices that eliminate bias, promote fairness, and create equal opportunities for all candidates. We strive to build a recruitment process that champions equality.
Diversity Training and Development:
We go beyond just hiring diverse talent. Our comprehensive package includes ongoing diversity training and support to ensure that every team member is equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive in a diverse and inclusive workplace. We believe in not just hiring diversity but cultivating an environment where everyone can grow and succeed.
Employee Resource Groups:
Our commitment to diversity doesn't end on the first day of employment. We actively encourage and work to build support groups that provide a supportive space for employees from various organisations to connect, share experiences, and contribute to the continuous improvement of our workplace culture.
We understand that fostering diversity is not just about recruitment; it's about creating an environment where every individual can thrive and reach their full potential. One crucial aspect of our comprehensive diversity package is our robust mentorship program.
Our mentorship program is designed to cater to the unique needs and aspirations of each individual. Through careful matchmaking, we connect team members with experienced mentors who provide guidance, support, and insights tailored to their career goals.
Our mentor community reflects the richness of the workforce, encompassing a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. This diversity ensures that mentees receive well-rounded guidance that aligns with their own diverse aspirations.
Nearly 40% of our recruited engineers are women.
Approximately 80% of our recruited apprentices come from BAME or low social mobility backgrounds.
Our retention rate for individuals across various roles in the industry stands at an impressive 83%.
Join Us on the Journey!
As we continue to grow and evolve, we invite organisations across the industry to partner with us to make a real difference to the future of your workforce.
But don't just take it from us, listen to the organisations who are already leading change by working with the ITP:
Challenge your Perceptions
In 2021, ITP launched its new initiative, #challengeperceptions
For some time now, it has been evident that a skills gap exists in the digital industry, meaning that as our industry continues to develop at pace, we are facing a shortage of skilled workers needed to keep our industry growing.
As part of our mission to build the UK’s digital talent pipeline and fill the skills gap, we have been working with some amazing partners, such as Vorboss, to challenge the perceptions of what an engineer in our industry looks like.
The hashtag, for us symbolises what we are working to achieve – that IT and telecoms roles are open to everyone. We have demonstrated that you can hire personality and train the skills.
IT and tech jobs shouldn’t be pigeon-holed – we’re recruiting young people into roles without entry requirements, they have no experience, just the right attitude and skills – we are recruiting for the 21st century, the 21st century way.
By removing the entry requirements, and allowing the person to take centre stage, 36% of our apprentice intake this year has been female – many from disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring that true diversity and inclusion is achieved.
What does an engineer look like?
Many people have a pre-conceived idea of how an engineer should look and what education they should have received, not taking into account that the person who may be perfect for the role has a family that couldn’t afford to have a PC in their home that they could learn to code on, or take it apart to work out how the motherboard works – and then afford to replace it when they break it! Or a family that doesn’t have an Xbox that they can modify and synch to flash the lights in time with the music.
We believe these people should be given equal opportunity to succeed and not penalised for circumstances outside of their control
These pre-conceived ideas are not important.
The way to gain true diversity in your organisation is to challenge your perception, believe in what you are doing, embrace different, and give an opportunity to someone you never would have before, then, and only then will this industry ever have a truly diverse workforce.
This is not a change that is going to happen overnight, but the work we do now to challenge perceptions will affect the generations to come. We need to start from the beginning by teaching the younger generations that they can be anything that they want to be.
We Need You!
We are looking for likeminded organisations to partner with us and help us make our dreams become reality!