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Diversity and Inclusion

We’re aiming to create a truly diverse and inclusive business here at FCDO Services – and we recognise our part to play in helping change in the technology and construction industries too.

What does a truly diverse and inclusive business feel like? It’s where you can be yourself, no holding back. Where you can be appreciated for who you really are and recognised for the contribution you make.

It’s where the whole team makes a conscious effort to understand and support each other’s cultures, backgrounds, experiences. Where training is given across the business to help us all do that better.

It’s where you’re supported to do your best work. Where your managers care about trying to meet your needs, from the right working conditions and tools, to the right work patterns.

That’s the environment we want for everyone at FCDO Services – and we work hard every day to achieve it.

Our vision

Our vision is to be a diverse and inclusive organisation that looks after the wellbeing of all of our people.

To enable us to achieve this we are focused on four areas: Inclusion, Respect at Work, Attracting and Promoting Talent; and Wellbeing.

Each area is championed by a member of our Executive board.

Our partnerships

We’re deeply proud of the affiliations and partnerships that demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity:
Logos of our partners: carer confident, employers for carers, mind, disability confident, the prince's responsible business network, tech talent charter, wes

Recent work

Creating a consciously inclusive environment takes constant work from all of us together. So, what have we been up to recently? Explore our efforts here:

 

It’s hard to talk about mental health – and men in particular feel a social pressure not to talk about it. FCDO Services are committed to supporting our staff’s well-being and during the pandemic we knew it was more important than ever to keep reaching out. To make sure that everyone felt comfortable to talk about their mental health. One way we did that is through a talk on suicide prevention with radio and TV host, Roman Kemp.  You can read more about that on our corporate site here.

For the second year running, we were proud to partner for a work shadowing event with the Women’s Engineering Society.  Aimed to help bring more women into engineering, the event allowed female students to find out what it’s like to be part of FCDO Services, hearing from senior female leaders and finding role models within our inclusive organisation. Find out what they learned here.

Supporting flourishing tech talent in our local area, one of our Lead Technical Architects ran a real life coding project with MK College students. The team learned about the practical skills we look for; what a technology career really looks like; and what their impact could be at FCDO Services. Find out more about the project.

Writing your CV can be a huge barrier to entry for students joining the workforce. What are you supposed to write? What’s the best way to present your skills? How do you tailor it for the career you want? We talked about all that and more with local college students in our CV Workshops. Read more here.

Milton Keynes charity Worktree aims to create a community where people of all backgrounds have the knowledge, training and support to make great career choices. Throughout the last year, colleagues from across the organisation have helped with that goal, meeting students virtually to give an insight on their role, their path, even their salary. It’s all about providing as much information as possible, to give students an insight into different career options and to help them make informed decisions about their future career choices.

Ensuring gender equality

No industry should be closed to you because of your gender identity. From Engineering to IT to Construction, we strive for equality both here and in the wider industry. Here’s a podcast with just some of our female-identifying Engineers, talking about their experience.

 

Our diversity networks

We want every colleague to be surrounded by supportive allies. Part of the way we achieve that is through our networks; some of which are jointly run with colleagues from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office team.

We’re proud signatories of the Race at Work Charter

 

Our anonymised recruitment means a fairer application experience

Did you know?

We’re all invested in helping each other in every way possible, lending whatever skills we can to support each other.
A case in point? Our stand at the LGBTQ+ event Pride:MK – featuring a handmade wooden sign carved by the Machine Tool Operators in our workshop.

We’re proud to be a Disability Confident employer

We provide support and training as Employers for Carers

Training our colleagues

We aim for a workplace that’s supportive and free from bullying and discrimination. We make sure every colleague equipped to support one another through our training, including:
Equality and Diversity Essentials

This mandatory course trains colleagues in equality legislation and how to tackle inappropriate behaviour.

Mental Health First Aid Training

This course gives colleagues the understanding and confidence to help colleagues in distress.

Mental Health Awareness Training

With video and digital learning, this training helps us all support each other’s mental health, as well as our own.

Respect in the Workplace

Essential for managers, this course tackles how to spot and stop bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Supporting Carers in your Workplace

This course helps managers and teams alike to support staff with care responsibilities.

Wellbeing Confident Leadership

Delivered to 117 leaders so far across the business, this course helps managers train to support and improve the wellbeing of their team.

Supporting ex-forces colleagues

If you’re transitioning from the armed forces into FCDO Services, you’ll be in very good company. We’re experienced employers for ex-forces colleagues, working with CTP among other organisations, and we need people with skillsets just like yours. Because of that, there are ex-forces personnel across our organisation, so you’ll always have people you can turn to for advice and support – as well as a team around you who’ll help you adjust.

Our Executive Diversity Champions help drive inclusion at every level

Our objectives are in line with a wider D&I strategy for the whole Civil Service

Workplace adjustments

Every colleague should have a workplace and a working pattern that meets their needs and enables their best work. As a Disability Confident employer, we offer and make adjustments for anyone who needs it.

That could include:

  • Changing your working pattern
  • Adapting equipment, keyboards and work stations
  • Making doors easier to open
  • Specialist software packages
  • Making changes to the space you work in
  • Ensuring access to accessible bathrooms
  • Reallocating tasks among the team
  • Adapting the team’s communication style

We also make reasonable adjustments in our application and interview process, and you can find out about that on our How to apply page.

Did you know?

We’re training Mental Health First Aiders around the business.
We’ve run this programme for four years now, and more and more colleagues participate every year.

Workplace passports

From carers to colleagues with disabilities or long-term health conditions, lots of us have specific needs when it comes to our workplace and our work pattern. We are committed to the Civil Service Workplace Adjustment Passport Scheme to make it easier for colleagues to get what they need. Here’s how:
  1. A confidential document acts as a live record you can update with exactly which adjustments you need in order to feel comfortable and enabled to do your best work.
  2. When you move into a new role with a new manager, you can provide this document to them so that they immediately know what you need – without any hassle for you.
  3. No-one sees the passport unless you want them to, and it’s confidential when you do share it – meaning if you prefer discretion in establishing your needs, this makes it easier.
  4. You can also use the passport to help highlight non-visible mental and physical conditions. If you want your team to understand, you can use it to quickly share your experiences and what you need from them.

For more on how Workplace Adjustment Passports can help, you can find out about the experiences of colleagues across the Civil Service here.

Supporting everyone’s mental wellbeing

Mind, the mental health charity, estimates that every year, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue. We’re making sure that our colleagues are supported, and that they know how to support each other. That includes:

  • Workplace adjustments for mental health conditions
  • Equal care for mental and physical health conditions
  • Mental Health First Aid training to look after each other
  • Dedicated wellbeing rooms for a calm, quiet space
  • The Wellbeing Network for support and awareness
  • Time to Talk Days, tackling stigma around mental health
  • A rolling programme of Safe Space sessions for all colleagues
  • Access to a Community Liaison Officer while posted overseas

Latest roles

Want to join FCDO Services but can’t see a live role to suit you? Great news: you can sign up for job alerts or add your CV to our talent pool and we’ll be in touch when something comes up.

Projects Delivery Coordinator

Hanslope Park
£20,748 – plus £1750 location allowance

Technical Installer

Hanslope Park
£24,806 – £32,864 Plus £1,750 Location Allowance and Excellent Benefits

Resourcing Advisor

Hanslope Park
£24,256 plus £1,750 location allowance

Associate Engineer Infrastructure Operations

Hanslope Park
£24,806 – £25,500 plus £1,750 location allowance

Lead Engineer Application Operations

Hanslope Park
£39,255 – £49,991 plus £1,750 location allowance

Billing Team Lead

Hanslope Park
£24,256 plus £1,750 location allowance

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer

Hanslope Park or London
£39,255- £49,991 plus £1,750 Hanslope Park or £5000 London location allowance

Admin Support Assistant – Security Compliance

Hanslope Park
£20,748 plus location allowance of £1,750

Senior HR Business Partner

Hanslope Park
£50,653 – £63,495 plus £1,750 location allowance

Finance Transaction Support Officer

Hanslope Park
£20,748 plus £1,750 location allowance

Lead Security Information Risk Advisor

Hanslope Park
£39,255- £49,991 plus £1,750 location allowance

Procurement Administrator

Hanslope Park
£20,748 plus £1,750 location allowance

Internal Messenger Co-ordinator

London KCS
£24,256 plus location allowance of £5,000

Customer Support Team Operative

Hanslope Park
£20,748 plus £1,750 location allowance

Senior Category Manager – ICT

Hanslope Park
£37,679- £46,787 plus £1,750 location allowance