The Mayor of Bristol announced his commitment and priority to deliver a Talent Management Programme aimed at addressing the under-representation of BME people at Executive/Middle Management level in order to make a measurable collective difference to the City of Bristol.
Working closely with city partners, the aim is to achieve a workforce that has senior leadership across the City that is representative of the communities it serves. The challenge is that by 2020, Bristol will have a more representative and diverse population of leaders and an integrated leadership framework. Achieving this goal is a top level priority.
In August 2016, the Mayor hosted Inclusive Not Exclusive: a roundtable event which considered how best to challenge and address the lack of diversity within our respective organisation be it, public, private or voluntary sector. As a result of the feedback received from this event, the Stepping Up Programme has been designed to answer the challenge that we all face.
Stepping Up will accelerate participants under a varied leadership programme that includes work experience in strategic delivery, training and mentoring in partnership with public and private industry across the City.
Launched by the City Office in 2017, this six month programme supports future Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) leaders.
The Stepping Up programme intends to increase, over one to three years, the number of individuals from BME backgrounds in positions of influence and power.
The aim is to ensure leadership in Bristol more meaningfully reflects the population and community.
Bristol Leadership Challenge
The Bristol Leadership Challenge is an ambitious new programme that aims to develop leadership capacity to tackle systemic, city-wide challenges.
The first group, starting in October 2017, will focus on mental health and addressing the human and economic costs of complex multiple needs.
This initiative is delivered in partnership with Golden Key, the University of the West of England and the Leadership Centre.
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