Equal Approach / Civil Service Bursary Scheme
The Equal Approach /Civil Service Bursary Scheme supports disability network / resource group leaders who work in government departments and agencies. The scheme is funded by Equal Approach (EA), co-ordinated by PurpleSpace and endorsed by Sir Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary at the Home Office and Civil Service Disability Champion. In 2016 nine successful Bursary holders were selected for the inaugural programme, with evaluation showing excellent feedback from participants.
In January 2019, five new bursary holders from the Welsh Government, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Civil Service FastStream, Department for Education, Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) were appointed. You can meet our 2019-20 bursary holders here.
What do those involved with the previous programme say about the scheme?
Janet Hill, Disability Inclusion Programme Director, Civil Service
"This partnership, between Equal Approach, PurpleSpace and the Civil Service presents a further exciting and unique opportunity for our talented current and aspiring network leaders to develop and strengthen their capability. This scheme will help us to drive the sustainable change we all want to see. Network leaders are important change makers within the Civil Service and we want to empower their voices and support them to harness the diversity of thinking that will help our organisation to progress."
Sir Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary for the Home Office and Civil Service Disability Champion
"The EA / Civil Service Bursary Scheme is a great programme that will help the Civil Service to stay one of the UK's leaders in disability inclusion. Actions speak louder than words and empowering these disability network leaders will connect people from our richly diverse workforce to create positive and lasting differences."
Dawn Hurst, CEO, EA
"Equal Approach's mission is to promote diverse talent in the workplace, and our sponsorship of the bursary scheme is an example of that in action. To create a truly inclusive culture, employers need to do things differently - and not just talk about making change, but actually take action. One way employers can achieve this, is to create strong networks, such as this one, among people who are empowered to make a real lasting difference for disabled staff."
Walter Scott, Co-founder & Co-chair Defence Stammering Network for military and civilian personnel and EA Bursary Holder
"I firmly believe that leadership initiatives like this one can help disability networks to shift any corporate blockers to raising awareness and delivering change. As a network co-chair, the offer of mentoring, networking and development seems a great way of identifying enhancements to how we support the disability-related needs of our colleagues and our employers - both in Defence and across the wider Civil Service."
Anyone who would like more about the EA - Civil Service Bursary Scheme should contact PurpleSpace by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org