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Closing the skills gap with diversity and inclusion

With the digital skills gap proving to be an ever-present issue for many companies, it’s important to think about the practical ways in which you can tackle it. If you’ve never considered how the skills gap might be causing a detrimental impact on your business, it’s worth remembering that people often aren’t equipped with the necessary skills to carry out their job responsibilities to a high standard.

One way that businesses can aim to narrow their skills shortage is through diversity and inclusion. Of course, the benefits of diversity and inclusion are clear to see. But, you still might be left wondering how promoting a more diverse and inclusive workplace can actually help you to close your company’s skills gap.

Make use of a wider talent pool

If you are having difficulty in attracting job applicants with the relevant skills, you might need to expand your talent pool. By widening your target demographic and seeking a more diverse workforce, you are likely to gain access to people with a variety of qualifications and experiences.    

Hiring from a diverse talent pool can often lead to a more productive workforce. However, in order to get the benefits of a new and improved working environment, you need to have an inclusive company culture. By doing so, you will be able to inspire people from all backgrounds, ages and genders, helping you to handle the demand for digital skills.

Remove bias from your recruitment process

To successfully close your digital skills gap, you might need to rethink how you go about hiring new candidates. As some words are more representing of a specific gender, there’s the potential that large groups of people are deterred from applying. Therefore, removing bias from your recruitment process could be achieved by simply changing the language used in your job adverts to more fairly reflect your inclusive working environment.

Nowadays, thanks to advancements in technology, CVs can be reviewed with artificial intelligence. They can be programmed to make decisions on a certain criteria including a person’s skills, qualifications and experiences. If you don’t want to rely on an algorithm for your recruitment, you can remove bias from your decision making by only accepting blind applications. This essentially means that any personal details like race, nationality, gender and age, are invisible to see, meaning that people are solely judged on their ability to do the job.  

How Project Solutions can help you

It’s important to remember that a key part of successfully narrowing your skills gap is knowing how to take action. By taking the necessary steps to allow your employees to feel comfortable at work, they will be more likely to carry on upskilling alongside you and stay engaged with their jobs.

If you are looking for help that is unique to your change and transformation needs, then fortunately Pareto’s project solutions service can help. With a readily available diverse talent pool, we can help you to fill your skills gap at short notice.

 

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