20th January, 2012 - Posted by admin - Comments Off
More than 100 major UK firms have joined a government initiative that proposes asking job seekers not to put their name or school details on application forms and CVs.
It is hoped the scheme, outlined by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, will put an end to discrimination during the application process.
Other elements include ensuring people from all backgrounds and schools are aware of work experience opportunities, instead of offering places to “informal contacts”.
The compact scheme forms part of Mr Clegg’s social mobility strategy, which aims to create a “what you know, not who you know” recruitment culture.
He said: “By opening their doors to young people from all walks of life, this marks the start of a culture shift among major employers.”
The hope is that ability and drive will eventually trump connections and privilege in the recruitment process.
The move has been backed by a number of employment organisations, with Jeya Thiruchelvam, employment law editor at XpertHR, saying that the anonymous CV plans were “a step in the right direction”.