Equalities officer apprenticeships - where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursean apprenticeshipa college courseapplying directly
You could do a degree in a relevant subject, like:
Employers may accept a degree in any subject but a postgraduate qualification in disability studies, race and ethnic relations, or equality and diversity studies, may also help you.
- community studies or youth studies
- human resources
You'll usually need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree. You'll need a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course.
You could get an introduction to this type of work from a relevant college course, like a Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity. You'll usually need 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a Level 2 course.
A Level 3 apprenticeship in HR support could help you get started in this role.
This typically takes about 18 months to complete and is a mix of workplace learning and study. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
Practical experience of working in the community will be an advantage. You can get this through:
involvement with equality and diversity issues in a student union or trade union or volunteering with a local community group, tenants' association or charity
working in a related career like housing, regeneration, social work or youth work.
You could apply directly for jobs if you have relevant work experience as well as knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities issues and legislation.
Experience in human resources, youth and community work or social work may give you an advantage. You may need to qualify as a teacher first if you want to work as an equality and diversity officer in schools.
Professional and industry bodies
Some employers will prefer you to be a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Equalities officer apprenticeships - what it takes
Skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- analytical thinking skills
- active listening skills
- knowledge of human resources and employment law
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass background checks
Equalities officer apprenticeships - what you'll do
In this role you could:
- identify equality issues
- introduce new policies and review existing practices
- work with employers to help them develop a diverse workforce
- raise awareness in organisations, schools and the community
- support community-based projects and groups
- promote equality initiatives and events, like International Women's Week
- make sure adverts and promotional materials do not discriminate
- prepare and deliver training, presentations and workshops
You could work in an office.
Career path and progression - Equalities officer apprenticeships
With experience, you could become a senior officer and work towards accreditation with the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals.
You could also work as a consultant, move into human resources or take up general management roles.