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Mayor's Fund For London


Young people from low income backgrounds face several barriers when looking to build meaningful careers. Research shows that low income is related to age, background and gender, as illustrated, for example, by dis-proportionally high unemployment levels for young women from certain ethnic backgrounds.

In the long-term, lack of diversity will affect businesses negatively; indeed, many industries are already facing an increasing skills shortage and employers have raised the difficulty of attracting and retaining qualified staff. Drawing in people from a wider cross-section of the population, by transforming recruitment practices, will provide benefits both to business and society.

That is why we are campaigning for young Londoners from low income backgrounds to have equal access to the outstanding opportunities the capital has to offer – and we have developed our  DIVERSITY PLEDGE.


The Diversity Pledge aims to break barriers for young people from BAME backgrounds in starting sustainable careers. Transforming outreach, recruitment and progression practices will not only help organisations to build a more diverse employee base but also create sustainable business benefits.

Employers who take the Diversity Pledge are committed to three core principles:

  • Work in partnership to drive sustainable change
  • Practice internal transparency and encourage peer to peer mentoring
  • Provide access to work experience opportunities and/or quality apprenticeship

We’re delighted to announce that 22 major employers have signed up to the Diversity Pledge so far: Network Rail, London Underground, Great Western Railway, Transport for London, MTR Crossrail, ASLEF, Transport Planning Society, Ngaged, Rail Delivery Group, Association for BME Engineers, Women in Transport, Vercida, McGinley, TXM Group, ENGIE, Steer Davies Gleave, Stagecoach, Sustrans, Arriva, Skanska, BAI Communications and Leadership through Sport and Business.

“Network Rail is pleased to be involved in this initiative. We have benefited from having talented people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, who would not have considered working in rail without the Diversity in Transport Pledge. Now a number of the young people have jobs with us, and are thriving in our organisation.” Suzanne Hardy, Social Sustainability Manager, Network Rail

Download an outline of the Diversity Pledge here.

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Sietske van der Ploeg on
or tel: 020 7983 5761



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