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Can diversity solve skills shortages?

Businesses across the South East, including Exxon Mobil, Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Canon UK and Crawley College, are supporting an innovative new event in 2018, which will challenge businesses to diversify their workforce to benefit the bottom line.

Gatwick Diamond’s Skills Summit, hosted by Canon UK in Reigate, will take place on Friday 9 March 2018 and is open to organisations and businesses of all sizes who want to understand the positive business benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Addressing diversity is particularly critical for businesses in the South East, particularly those that employ people within STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) roles.

However, attracting a broad pool of talent remains challenging right across the UK. In the US, women represent roughly a quarter of the STEM workforce compared to only 14.4% in this country.

Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, said: “The Gatwick Diamond has one of the strongest local economies in the UK, home to 45,000 businesses and 500 international businesses, and we want to ensure we continue to support its growth.

“With increasing economic pressures and Brexit on the horizon, now is the time for businesses to look at future-proofing their sustainability and growth. Research has shown that having a diverse and inclusive workforce improves performance and is crucial to attracting talent, so this inaugural Gatwick Diamond Skills Summit will help unlock this potential.”

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