As we reach the end of LGBT history month 2018, we look back at some of the highlights from within Ford:
For the first time, the LGBT pride flag was raised at all of the Ford of Britain sites for the entire month, showing employees and the public alike that the company is fully supportive its LGBT groups and will seek to promote their voices and interests.
Flags raised at Ford of Britain sites in Essex, Wales, Liverpool, Manchester and the Midlands gave the LBGT community at Ford a national presence in 2018.
Additionally, we were once again one of the popular stalls at the annual National Student Pride (NSP) LGBT + Saturday Careers event. With hundreds of companies in attendance, competition to speak to all of the 1800+ students in attendance is always fierce. But with such a fantastic team from Ford, we were able to speak to hundreds of students over the 5-hour event. Having several fluent Spanish-speakers appeared to help at times as well!
“For our fifth year at NSP we took our most representative team yet, with colleagues from IT, PD and Finance,” said James Braddy, IT Degree Apprentice, “it was wonderful to also have apprentices and graduates, through to senior management in attendance. Allies are so important to showing potential employees that Ford really values diversity.”
“I enjoyed attending the vibrant National Student Pride event.” said Steve Miles, Powertrain Integration Manager, “Ford’s presence at the event is important as we are keen to recruit the best graduates from the widest range of backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives which reflects who we are as a company and as an employer and helps us better understand and serve our customer’s needs.”
Our Ford GT Racing Simulators have become synonymous with NSP having had several return visitors from previous years who wanted to beat their times. A bit of light competitiveness kicked in between the Royal Navy, the Army, and the Police as well!
“Not only does National Student Pride allow us to see potential employees, it also gives us a chance to meet other companies we can collaborate with, and catch up with those who have become good friends.” said Catherine Keen, Unified Comms Supervisor.
Ford’s attendance at National Student Pride was organised by Ford Globe, the employee resource group for sexual orientation and gender identity, and sponsored by Ford IT University Engagement. If you would like to know more about Ford Globe you can check out the website www.fordglobe.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org