A new alliance to strengthen the diversity challenges of the technology sector

There is finally a growing recognition in the tech sector that workforce diversity is crucial, both as a social good and an economic imperative.

Individual businesses and the industry in general are much more aware of the importance of diversity when hiring, and Australia is driving this trend in the region.

According to LinkedIn Talent Solutions, Australia consistently ranks among the world’s top recruiters for diversity and inclusion (D&I) jobs, which are roles that seek to promote diversity and inclusion in an organization.

It ranks just behind the UK in the number of diversity, inclusion and belonging roles per 10,000 employees.

And the same data shows that global diversity roles have increased by 71% over the past five years.

But there is far less awareness and action to improve these companies for diverse people and minorities once they have been hired, and to transform the rhetoric around diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) into meaningful action.

That’s where the new TechDiversity Academy comes in.

Through a newly formed partnership between Cahoot Learning and Diversity Atlas, offers courses, workshops, leadership sessions, peer-to-peer networking and mentorship opportunities with the goal of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the Australian technology sector.

According to Veronica Pardo of Diversity Atlas, there needs to be a fundamental shift in the tech industry to support diversity in all its forms in all elements of a company’s operations, not just its hiring.

“We need to fundamentally shift mindsets within technology organizations to make diversity, equity and inclusion a number one business priority,” Ms. Pardo said. “It’s about changing the system and unlocking value”,

“There is currently a lack of education, training and development tools to help raise industry standards. We want to move away from traditional ways of thinking about diversity – from a passive way to a much more transformational way of thinking about work.

The TechDiversity Academy program will help technology companies put their diversity and inclusion rhetoric into practice, and harness the economic potential of a welcoming workplace with a diversity of perspectives and experiences.

“It’s for organizations that have a clear progressive agenda and are looking to innovate, and who already see diversity as key, not only culturally, but also in how different worldviews are integrated into the thinking about innovation,” Ms Pardo continued.

“It’s about moving to equity-based values ​​and operationalizing them in a meaningful way for workers. This stuff hasn’t necessarily been associated with a leadership profile, but organizations that want to be at the forefront are turning to these initiatives.

The TechDiversity Academy program consists of three streams: data, situational, and transformational. It will last 12 months and will be offered to practitioners, managers, leaders and teams.

The focus is on improving data collection systems, which are currently “quite poor and superficial”, Ms Pardo said, and focus mainly on gender and culture.

“There are many ways to use data smarter to give us a competitive edge. Focus not just on diverse hiring, but on diverse talent pools, and ensure leadership teams – not just entry-level positions – reflect diversity. “, she said.

Through the Cahoot learning platform, participants will receive a broad and intersectional perspective to help them understand the key elements needed to create more inclusive workplaces.

This will go far beyond simply encouraging diverse recruitment – ​​focusing on how a company operates and whether it encourages the growth and development of all employees, rather than just hiring them.

“It’s about how an organization is structured and the experience of its employees,” Ms. Pardo said.

“We want to help technology organizations transform by including a more diverse workforce and capitalizing on the innovation it brings.”

“There’s a new and interesting conversation about the benefits of diversity, but one that warns of perpetuating harm within organizations, for people who don’t come from mainstream or dominant cultural backgrounds.”

Embracing these concepts and creating a more diverse and inclusive business is also a boon for economic development and growth.

“Economic benefits can be derived from maximizing the impact of a diverse workforce,” Ms. Pardo said.

For more information, visit https://techdiversityawards.com/

TechDiversity is a member of the Editorial Board of InnovationAus.com.

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