Equality, Diversity and Positive Action
Last updated 08 November 2018
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is an Equal Opportunities employer. Our policy is to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, marital status, race, religion or belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or pregnancy and maternity.
We’re proud of serving Bedfordshire and of our commitment to doing all we can to ensure our workforce reflects the many different communities we serve.
We want Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to be made up of the same or similar proportions of the diverse people and groups in our area.
This is why we encourage particular groups to apply for jobs with us and to guide and support potential employees to achieve the qualifications needed.
Our operational workforce has a significant under-representation of people from black and minority ethnic groups and of women. We welcome applications from all, but particularly encourage applications from members of these groups.
If an organisation can show it has under-representation of particular groups in its workforce for employment, promotion or training, for a minimum of at least 12 months, the Equality Act 2010 allows it to carry out positive action to encourage applications from people in those groups. They can be targeted, supported and encouraged to apply for jobs, promotion
The law allows us to run training courses, provide support for skills development and to lay on events such as, open days. These events are open to all, but we target and encourage under-represented groups to take part.
Positive action is very different from positive discrimination, which gives preferential treatment to people from particular groups to ensure that greater numbers or quotas of those people succeed. Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service do not advocate or participate in such activities, which are unlawful in the UK.
All applicants go through the same selection processes, and all employees are appointed solely on merit. Our recruitment interview panels are drawn from a diverse range of existing staff, and they’re all trained in interview techniques including awareness of unconscious bias.