With one of its key drivers being a commitment to diversity and equality, leading work-based training company JTL, which specialises in the provision of apprenticeships in the electrical and heating and plumbing sectors, has become a Stonewall Diversity Champion.
Stonewall will work with JTL and guide the company through an action plan once it has been established exactly the actions JTL needs to undertake to achieve compliance with the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme.
Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act. Its mission is to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they’re not alone in creating fairness for all.
The key priority for Stonewall is to empower individuals, transform institutions who have power and influence to embed an inclusive and accepting culture and to change the hearts and minds of individuals, communities and businesses. It campaigns and lobbies for changes in the law to ensure LGBTQ people have equal rights.
JTL is now one of the largest work-based learning providers in England and Wales. JTL works with approximately 3,000 businesses and trains more apprentices than any other provider in the building services engineering sector. As a registered charity, every penny of any surplus JTL receives gets reinvested for the benefit of the sector’s apprentices and employers.
JTL’s Equality and Diversity Officer is Yasmin Damree-Ralph: “Equality and diversity is part of everything we do here and this link with Stonewall further cements this in JTL’s DNA. We believe we have embedded much of the right approach to LBGTQ issues in our working processes, but we look forward to making ourselves even more inclusive than we have been to date.”