Here you will find a selection of resources which we have found helpful. They are organised by topic. Also check out Career Sectors for information on routes, qualifications and jobs directly from the professional bodies that represent the careers in each sector, or even better, contact these experts directly via the Profession Finder.

Here you will find resources for:


There is also a wealth of information on Fair Access, from general information on access to the professions and information on organisations working to improve access to information about organisations representing specific strands of diversity such as:



What is a profession and what it means to be a professional?


Members earn 37% more than graduates

 

What role do professional and regulatory bodies play?

 

General information on access to the professions 


Organisations working to improve access 

  • The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) aims to improve work life for employees and employers. It provides information, advice, training, workplace projects, conciliation and mediation.
  • Business in the Community offers advice and guidance to businesses on how to act responsibly and make a positive impact on their local communities.
  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for those involved in the management and development of people. It develops and promotes interesting practice in people management.
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission, formed from the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Commission for Racial Equality, and the Disability Rights Commission, works to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality and protect human rights. The Equality and Human Rights Commission acts for all people, and has enforcement powers to guarantee equality. It has a mandate to promote understanding of the Human Rights Act. The EHRC offers employers and employees support, advice and information about employment-related issues and barriers.
  • Liberty -a not-for-profit organisation seeking to protect civil liberties and promote human rights.
  • The Government Equalities Office (GEO) is a Department of the Home Office, with a remit to put equality at the heart of Government. The GEO is responsible for the Government’s overall strategy on equality (including a new Equality Bill and Public Service Agreement) and leads on women's issues across Government. The GEO reports to the Ministers for Women and Equality. 
  • Employers for Carers is a membership forum for employers who want to support employees in their workforce who are carers. The organisation identifies and promotes the business benefits of supporting carers. It offers information on employment policies and practices that supports carers, and provides examples of interesting practice in the workplace for employers.
  • Working Families works with parents, carers and employers to help find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work. It offers advice and solutions.



Age 

  • Employers Forum on Age (EFA) is an employers' organisation supported by UK business, multinational corporations, SMEs and the public sector. Its focus is on promoting the employment of more mature employees. This is especially important as the UK population demographics are changing, and there are greater numbers of mature people than ever before.
  • Age Concern is a not-for-profit organisation promoting the well-being of all older people in various areas like employment. Click here for work and learning information.
  • The Prince's Trust is a not-for-profit organisation offering support to young people, such as on routes into work and education.


Disability 

  • Skill is a national charity promoting opportunities for young people and adults with any kind of impairment in post-16 education, training and employment.
  • Youreable.com has information, products and services for disabled people, includes some jobs and information on employment.
  • Employers Forum on Disability (EFD) is an employers' organisation supported by UK business, multinational corporations, SMEs and the public sector. Its focus is on employees with disabilities; it offers advice and best practice guidelines.
  • Employ Ability is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to assisting people with all disabilities into employment.
  • Great with Disability provides resources and answers for people with disabilities to help build confidence for a fulfilling career.



Information on specific disabilities

For information on specific disabilities see:

 

Ethnicity 

  • QED-UK is committed to help realise this vision of a better society by becoming the UK's leading ethnic-minority-focused education, employment and training provider.
  • Race for Opportunity is a national business network of over 180 UK private and public sector organisations across the UK promoting the business case for race and diversity. Its objective is to help organisations to underpin their business and diversity strategies with sound actions that will have a positive impact on their business. It provides support, information, legal information, case studies and a wealth of other advice to employers.



Gender 

  • The Fawcett Society is a campaigning organisation working to promote equality between male and female employees in the workplace and other areas. Workplace related issues include pay, pensions, benefits, working hours and conditions. It raises employer/employee awareness, stimulates debate and campaigns for change. it can assist employers by offering advice, support and information.
  • Opportunity Now is a membership organisation for employers who are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for women. It offers advice and guidance on gender issues in employment.



Religion and Belief 

  • The Employers Forum on Belief is an employers' organisation supported by UK business, multinational corporations, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the public sector. It was developed by employers to share good practice on religion, belief and non-belief. Its aim is to provide employers with guidance on legislation and help them to create a fairer workplace for all employees. Organisational members include KPMG, HSBC, Barclays and BT.
  • The Business of Faith is a project to assist businesses and employees in London engage with issues of religion and belief in the workplace.



Sexual Orientation 

  • Stonewall is a lobbying group for lesbian, bisexual and gay people's rights, including employees rights. It works with a whole range of organisations to address lesbian, gay and bisexual employee needs in the workplace. Its Diversity Champions programme offers advice and support to over 400 organisations including Ernst & Young, GlaxoSmithKline, Pinsent Masons and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Press for Change is primarily a campaigning organisation directed to promote the rights of transgendered people. It provides employers with support, and information on issues around transgender issues in legal, medical, political and social matters.



Socio-economic 

  • Internocracy aims to widen access to internships to include those who are currently excluded due to not having the financial or social resources to spend up to three months working in a large city on little or no pay. It has just initiated a pilot support programme providing a group of interns with accommodation in university halls whilst they undertake their internship. It is hoping to extend this to include employability skills, training and social support.
  • Nacro is a UK-based crime charity providing support and advice to ex-offenders. The charity is also able to provide support, guidance and information to employers who employ ex-offenders.