Diversity and Inclusion

We recognise that the delivery of high quality services is dependent on Parliamentary staff who are well-rewarded, well-motivated, well-led, have access to opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge and are engaged in decision making. By creating a diverse and inclusive working environment, this will help maximise each persons’ contribution and productivity and enable us to recruit from a wider diverse talent pool. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce which reflects the population of Scotland and where we provide opportunities for groups who are at a greater disadvantage for example getting young people onto our Modern Apprenticeship Programme, the development of women into leadership, and engagement with black and minority (BME) groups.

These are some of our inclusive working practices:

• Generous flexible working policies and leave arrangements

• Learning and development opportunities which include a Women in Leadership Programme, and the chance to undertake mentoring as part of the ‘Career Ready’ Programme

• A focus on individual learning and encouraging our staff to share learning experiences

• Parent Mentoring Scheme

• A recruitment approach which reflects our commitment to diversity and inclusion

• Volunteering Opportunities

• Various staff networks/groups

• On-site Occupational Health provision.