Diversity And Inclusion

Sheffield City Trust is committed to promoting equality of opportunity and values the diversity of culture among our workforce.

We embrace diversity and all the ways we are different – visible and non-visible alike. We commit to provide equality of opportunity to ensure no individual or group is treated differently or less favourably. We want to create an environment where people with diverse backgrounds, insights and experiences can work together openly and with respect.

We will seek to ensure that all job applicants and staff are treated fairly, with respect and without bias. No applicant or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another because of her or his age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, caring or parental responsibilities, racial group, religious or philosophical beliefs. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society and our customers and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best.

The organisation commits to:

  • provide equality, fairness and respect for all in our employment, whether temporary, part-time or full-time.
  • prevent unlawful discrimination due to protected characteristics as per the Equality Act of 2010 on the basis of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origin), religion or belief, sex (gender) and sexual orientation.
  • oppose and avoid all forms of unlawful discrimination.
  • encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace as they are good practice and make business sense.
  • create a working environment free of bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination, promoting dignity and respect for all and where individual differences and the contributions of all staff are recognised and valued.

This commitment includes raising awareness with managers and employees about their responsibilities under the Equality and Diversity policy. Responsibilities include staff conducting themselves in a way that helps the organisation to provide equal opportunities in employment and prevent bullying, harassment, victimisation and unlawful discrimination.


Sheffield City Trust will advertise posts outlining the relevant skills, qualifications, knowledge, competencies and experience necessary for the job in order to attract the best applicants. We may, on occasion, decide to take positive action to welcome applications from groups which do not usually apply, or are under-represented in the workforce or in the grade being advertised.

The People and Service Team will ensure all published job advertisements comply with current equality legislation.

Short-listing and Interviews

Shortlisting and interview panels will always contain at least 2 people and the Chair of the short-listing panel will produce a short-list of job applicants who, from the evidence available, appear to have the necessary skills and abilities in relation to criteria stipulated in the job description and person specification.

All staff members who are involved in short-listing or interviewing job applicants, or involved in other selection processes, will be aware of the Trust’s policy on equality and diversity and have undertaken recruitment and selection training covering equality and diversity.

The People and Service Team will monitor job applications, short-listing, interviewees and appointments for both permanent and temporary positions, with regards to age, ethnic origin, disability, and gender. If monitoring reveals evidence of any form of discrimination, remedial action will be taken to redress it.