We agree with the TUC that new legislation is required to protect the rights of people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and to focus the efforts of employers to achieve greater social equality. Our recommendations chime with those of the TUC and extend further.
Today, the Bridge Group launches a new toolkit with Jerwood Arts to foster greater social equality in the arts sector. It tackles the ‘class crisis’ in the arts by providing a series of practical steps for employers to help them to make the changes required to attract and retain a more socio-economically diverse workforce.
In its headline event of the year, the Bridge Group is today convening over 200 leaders and practitioners across sectors to advance social equality. The event, hosted by the BBC at Broadcasting House, will have a sharp focus on the latest evidence and the practical action that government, educational institutions and employers can take.
Our work bridging employers, higher education and government has achieved lasting impact on socio-economic diversity and equality. This impact report shares the charity’s vision for change and celebrates some of our most impactful work. We also look ahead and outline how you can engage with us.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sir John Holman as Chair of Trustees of the Bridge Group. John is Emeritus Professor at the University of York and senior adviser in Education at the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Foundation.
Ofcom’s latest report on diversity and equal opportunities in television highlights the role of the Bridge Group in helping leading broadcasters to better understand social mobility and monitor socio-economic diversity. We have collaborated with the 5 main broadcasters to build their capacity to gather information on social and economic background and to utilise it effectively to inform recruitment and inclusive strategies.