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Only 5% of UK Train Drivers are Women
April 17, 2019

Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express, has launched the UK’s biggest rail recruitment campaign to attract more women and young people to consider a rewarding career in rail.Image result for Govia Thameslink Railway

In the UK, just five percent of Britain’s 19,000 train drivers are women, but GTR is committed to changing this and has already taken steps to address the imbalance. Last year, 30 percent of Southern’s trainee driver roles were taken up by women, up from 18 percent in 2017. In addition, a class of new trainee drivers on both Great Northern and Southern had a 50:50 gender split in 2018. 

GTR now has over 2,000 qualified drivers across the Southern, Great Northern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express network, the first train operating company (TOC) ever to reach this milestone. 

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The A to Z of Google Accessibility
March 11, 2019

Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful to all. In a guest blog on our websiteGoogle sign on the top of a building Google’s Senior Programme Manager for Accessibility, Christopher Patnoe, shares how they make their products accessible and highlights a number of the accessibility features across their portfolio.

Google is able to conduct in-depth product research and gather valuable user feedback through a community that includes advocacy organisations, training centres, schools, companies and governments, to ultimately help shape the future of their products. Read more

100 Years Strong
February 19, 2019

It’s been 100 years since Superintendent Sofia Stanley led the first all-female Met Women Patrols on the streets of London

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ESFA First Annual Report and Accounts Published

The following is a press release published by the ESFA.

The ESFA has a sound system of governance and internal control, in its first annual report, which the Comptroller and Auditor General has certified, receiving an unqualified audit opinion.

Since 1 April 2017, we have managed and distributed timely and accurately, just over £61 billion to fund all education and training for all 5 to 16 year-olds, and post-16 apprenticeships and skills in England.

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Equality, Diversity and Faith Events and Celebrations Calendars 2018
January 25, 2018

Numerous organisations have created their own versions of equality, diversity and faith calendars for 2018 and three of them can be accessed below.

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Seeking Disability Sector Champions for 2018
January 9, 2018

The Office for Disability Issues is seeking business people to champion accessibility of products and services for disabled people.

The Office for Disability Issues is seeking disability sector champions in 6 new sectors.

In February 2017, 11 sector champions were announced who are using their influential status as leaders in their sectors to drive improvements to the accessibility, and quality, of services and facilities in their sector.

However, while these champions have all made great progress on this agenda in their respective sectors, there is much more to do to provide equal opportunities and choice for disabled people across the whole of society.

So, they are issuing a call for business people to become sector champions initially for a year, in each of the following sectors:

  • trains
  • technology
  • insurance
  • fashion
  • leisure – pubs, restaurants and so on
  • arts and culture – for example, theatre, cinema, museums

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Iceland Becomes First Country To Legalise Equal Pay
January 4, 2018

A new law making it illegal to pay men more than women has taken effect in Iceland. The legislation, which came into force on Monday, the first day of 2018, makes Iceland the first country in the world to legalise equal pay between men and women.

Under the new rules, companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people will have to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies. Those that fail to prove pay parity will face fines.

“The legislation is basically a mechanism that companies and organisations … evaluate every job that’s being done, and then they get a certification after they confirm the process if they are paying men and women equally,” said Dagny Osk Aradottir Pind, a board member of the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association.

“It’s a mechanism to ensure women and men are being paid equally,” she said. “We have had legislation saying that pay should be equal for men and women for decades now but we still have a pay gap.”

Iceland, home to approximately 323,000 people, has a strong economy, based on tourism and fisheries.

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5 Apps to Help Students with Disabilities
October 13, 2017

AbilityNet’s DSA assessors work with disabled students and those with mental health issues across the country to advise on the best assistive tech to support them in their studies and in managing their lives.

They have identified 5 apps to support students who are autistic, who have dyslexia and students who need help with processing and organisation.

Emergency Chat App
The Emergency Chat App is mainly designed for someone to use when they have an autisic meltdown. The person having the meltdown can bring up a pre-determined message on their phone for those around them. The message would explain what is happening and what they need.

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Apprenticeships for Over-60s
September 12, 2017

Apprenticeships and skills minister Anne Milton says apprenticeships are available for ‘everybody, whatever their background and whatever their age’ and has voiced her backing for apprenticeships for people over the age of 60.

Speaking during education questions in the House of Commons, Ms Milton gave an “assurance” to former Northern Ireland secretary Theresa Villiers that apprenticeships were available to everybody, “whatever their background and whatever their age” She told MPs that “over 3,000” people aged 60 and above – an age group that Ms Milton said she “belongs to” – had started an apprenticeship this year. Between August 2016 and April, 3,420 people aged 60 and above started an apprenticeship, compared with 3,560 60-plus learners in 2015-16.

‘We are not writing anybody off’

Ms Milton was also asked by Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne, why the government had “written off” almost 16,000 part-time adult learners.

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A Disability History Timeline
September 8, 2017

This new Timeline aims to document how attitudes towards disability have differed (or not) through the ages and across cultures.

It also marks the contribution of individuals and groups to advancements in health and social care in relation to disability, and it highlights legal and other landmarks in the struggles towards equal rights of disabled people.

It is an interesting read and may be of value to staff/volunteers providing your information, advice and guidance service as well as clients.

To download this document Click Here

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