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In UK first, mentoring and career development platform works with police force to support recruitment of people from under-represented groups

PushFar, a mentoring and career progression platform, has partnered with the UK’s Humberside Police to help improve diversity, inclusion and equality in the force.

Humberside Police is using PushFar’s platform to increase the number of people from under-represented groups that join each year by providing additional support to candidates during recruitment.

An analysis by Humberside Police revealed that recruitment candidates from under-represented groups were often at a disadvantage at the interview stage. A key factor being that these candidates often did not have any guidance on the process from people within the force. To tackle this issue, Humberside is using PushFar for a mentorship program which connects all potential recruits with serving members of the force.

PushFar enables Humberside to match candidates with the suitable mentors based on their respective profiles. The platform then manages the process and enables progress to be monitored. 53 mentors and mentees have already started using the platform with 48 mentoring sessions taking place.

Ed Johnson, CEO and Founder of PushFar, said: “Tackling diversity and inclusion issues means doing more than recognising the problem –  it requires implementing structural changes that break the cycle. Humberside Police has taken a very progressive and innovative approach. They have identified a problem point in the recruitment process and have chosen a clever way to solve it. We’re delighted to be part of this solution and we hope that our platform will help more and more people from under-represented groups successfully join the police.”

Lincoln-Ahenkorah-Marfo, Positive Action Officer in Workforce Transformation at Humberside Police, said: “Actively mentoring candidates provides a more level playing field for all recruits. We hope that this will enable more people from under-represented groups to join the force, and that this will, in turn, create a virtuous circle where more people from these groups apply to join. Creating a mentorship program can be a time consuming and complicated task, but by using PushFar we’ve been able to make it simple and easy for everyone involved. We’re delighted so many people have signed up to be mentors.”

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