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BAME Network at IPO

BAME is a network that was set up in 2017 to support our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues in the IPO. Our aim is to ensure that the IPO remains a brilliant place to work for ALL people and that we continue to encourage people of BAME background to join us working at the IPO.

Things we’re most proud of this year

  • We participated in a cross-network panel discussion about privilege. It was challenging and thought provoking but we were extremely proud to be part of a panel that didn’t shy away from difficult questions.
  • We celebrated our second birthday with balloons and chocolates.
  • We forged more links with other BAME groups such as Public Health Wales to ensure that we are collaborating with other networks. This helps us to provide a more robust support to our staff, have access to greater local resources and have our finger on the pulse when it comes to local BAME issues.
  • We have assisted OGDs by sitting on recruitment panels for SCS roles. This helps us ensure that BAME staff are being given a fair chance at interview and confirms that the Civil Service are taking its commitment to BAME employee representation seriously.
  • We celebrated Black History Month and the highlight was Dr. Ahmed Ali who was included in the list of 100 outstanding black Welsh people last year. He came to the IPO to share with us his experiences of being a black research scientist and his passion for innovation. Extremely insightful and inspiring.

Things we’ll concentrate on next year

  • We would love to increase our membership for both BAME staff and allies. Without support, we cannot continue to do the work that we do.
  • Improve our outreach to universities etc – especially those who have a high percentage of BAME students taking STEM degrees. We would love to show them why the IPO should be the employer of choice for them.
  • Scrutinise our recruitment processes to ensure that no applicant feels disadvantaged by our interviewing and/or assessment panels or alienated by our onboarding practices.

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