DE&I at La Fosse
Hiring diversely, practicing and promoting equality, and creating an inclusive environment are three things we care a lot about at La Fosse – it’s a key part of our commitment to care.
As well as a diversity steering committee created to drive change and eliminate discrimination across the business, we also have the following groups (open to everyone):
The Proud2Be Network
The LGBTQ+ Network
The Women’s Network
The Neurodiversity Network
We are proud of our heritage. We are proud of our culture. We are proud to be ourselves. Hear from some of our employees on why they’re proud to be themselves and how their heritage has shaped them into the people they are today
La Fosse Academy
Part of the La Fosse Group, La Fosse Academy future-proofs the workforce by rethinking how junior talent is developed.
We train and place the tech superstars of tomorrow, bringing high-quality, diverse talent to workplaces with a retention plan for the long term.
Focusing on junior talent, work returners, and those looking for a career change, we select students from a diverse talent pool and give them the skills and knowledge to help them succeed in a tech-related role.
Having a truly diverse workforce also makes us better able to understand and service the needs of our customers and candidates, so we value it very highly. Diversity of thought, experience, and background result in more varied, innovative, and dynamic approaches to work, which ultimately bring more successful results.
Diversity within La Fosse
We are committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination in both our role as an employer and as a provider of services. We believe that hiring decisions should be made on capability and skill, not on ethnic origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, socio-economic background or religion. We know there’s more to be done within La Fosse to better reflect the diversity of our customers, candidates, and local communities.
Our values include care, and we take this seriously. We work hard to make everyone feel like they belong. It is important that everyone feels a sense of belonging that transcends roles and that we create an environment of openness, honesty, trust and respect, underpinned by systemic integrity.
Our partners and initiatives
10,000 Black Interns
#10000BlackInterns is a programme which offers work experience through paid internships across a wide range of professional sectors, providing critical training and development opportunities for Black students.
10,000 Black Interns is bringing together over 20 different industries to provide 10,000 internships over the next five years. The initiative has seen massive success so far, having already reached their 2022 target of 2,000 placements, with over 700 companies (including over 60 recruitment firms) taking part.
While the official internship programme for recruitment firms launches in 2022, we are proud to be taking part in a pre-programme pilot and are looking forward to welcoming our first interns later this year.
Springboard and Advance with KCL
Springboard and Advance are two internship schemes run by King’s College London that are designed to address the opportunity gap between students from under-represented groups, and those who are not. Springboard aims to provide increased opportunity for students from a range of underrepresented ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, while Advance is focused on placing undergraduates with self-declared mental or physical disabilities and learning differences.
La Fosse is pleased to be providing paid internships in partnership with this prestigious institution. We have already welcomed our first cohort of interns and look forward to working with King’s College as a long-term partner. Learn more about King’s Internships here.
Disability Confident Employer
La Fosse is a ‘Disability Confident’ employer. We ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible, communicating and promoting vacancies and offering interviews to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We anticipate and provide adjustments as required, support existing employees who acquire a disability or long-term health condition so they can stay in work, and offer enhanced sickness leave and support flexible working plans when coming back from periods of non-working.
Tech Talent Charter
We are a longstanding signatory of the Tech Talent Charter, a non-profit organisation leading a movement to address inequality in the UK tech sector and drive inclusion and diversity.
We are a long-term sponsor of DevelopHer, a not-for-profit organisation that looks to elevate women in tech, digital and entrepreneurship through developing careers, confidence, and driving change in the workplace.
We’ve worked directly with Diversity VC to co-write Diversity in Venture Capital: A Practical Toolkit, designed to provide practical diversity and inclusion questions and recommendations for VCs to consider within both their own business and their portfolio companies.