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How to tackle diversity in the workplace


​JLL is a leading real estate and property advisory business, whose ambition to recruit and retain the best talent and work with the best clients underpins its commitment to diversity and inclusion. In addition to a high profile internal diversity programme encompassing: inclusive HR policies, training, active staff networks and award winning communications, JLL is collaborating with traditional competitors to help move the Property industry forward as a whole.

Tackling social mobility and increasing diversity at entry level are key objectives and the firm has both widened the pool of graduates it recruits from outside of traditional property courses by targeting more universities and actively using social media to reach more students. In addition, it continues to develop its apprentice schemes with the City of London and Chartered Surveyors Training Trust to enable school leavers to train for a career in property.

In addition to the firm’s own diversity agenda JLL is a founding member of ‘Changing the Face of Property’, a sector-wide partnership to improve diversity and inclusion in the property industry, the campaign was launched in 2012 and now includes ten major UK property businesses: JLL, Knight Frank, CBRE, Savills, Bilfinger GVA, Gerald Eve, Cushman & Wakefield, Strutt & Parker, BNP Paribas Real Estate and Colliers International. All member firms have signed up to a shared set of principles and objectives and work together on campaigns.

It’s ‘Property Needs You’ campaign focusses particularly on raising awareness of career opportunities in Property in schools and colleges. The CTFOP members run interactive career workshops and promotional events at schools, colleges, universities and major careers fairs across the country to attract the widest possible pool of talent to the industry. It also provides professional training for careers advisers to inform them of career opportunities in the industry and offers guidance to parents and teachers on routes into the industry.

The campaign has coordinated work experience with students from ten inner-city schools, giving them insight into working in different areas of property, and partnered with many more to inspire school leavers to consider applying for work in the sector.

Misa Von-Tunzelman