Welsh Government | Public Sector | Cardiff, UK
Diverse Company of the Year
Diversity and Inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at Welsh Government as we develop and deliver policies for the wide range of people in Wales.
We have 5000 staff in offices across Wales working in health, education, the environment, sport, tourism, heritage, social justice and many other areas.We are committed to being an employer of choice. We welcome a different and diverse work force that reflects the communities we serve, and we value the differences of our employees so they can always be themselves. Our Apprenticeship Scheme Outreach Programme was awarded the CIPD People’s Management Award for best diversity and inclusion initiative. This award recognises employers who are genuinely dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. The work of diversity staff networks was integral to this success.Our commitment to diversity was also recognised when we were placed 8th out of 445 organisations in the 2019 Stonewall Workplace Index – making us the highest performing government, government department or government agency in the UK. The Welsh Government has also been given gold status in 2017 and 2018 by a:gender, the civil service wide network for trans, non binary and intersex civil servants.
A commitment to diversity and inclusion is led by the top of the organisation. The Permanent Secretary and her director generals are senior sponsors of our diversity networks while senior civil servants are reversed mentored by members of the networks to increase their understanding of the challenges faced by people with particular protected characteristics.
Working with our staff diversity networks is a vital part of our journey. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion with our commitment to this agenda reflected in the achievements of PRISM, our award-winning LGBTI+ Staff Network.A visible, successful network, PRISM was named as Stonewall Cymru’s Best Performing Network 2018 (for the second time), has won the UK Civil Service Rainbow Alliance (CSRA) LGBTI+ Impact Award, and the UK Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Award. Stonewall UK, and Stonewall Cymru have both has recognised PRISM as a trail blazer for promoting LGBTI+ issues in Wales, and the UK – as have the Welsh, and UK Governments. For example, we were featured as an exemplar case study in the recent UK Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.