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What is Positive Action

Positive Action refers to the steps an employer can implement to encourage people from groups with different needs or with past proven disadvantages to apply for jobs.

An employer can utilise Positive Action where they reasonably think that:

  • People who share a protected characteristic suffer a disadvantage connected to that characteristic.
  • People who share a protected characteristic have needs that are different from the needs of people who do not share it.
  • Participation or applications by people who share a protected characteristic is disproportionately low.

Who does it apply to?

Positive action initiatives can be implemented whenever an under- represented group is identified within an organization. Legislation enables ‘positive action’ to actively promote, attract and recruit from specific groups aligned to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and belief.

Our Strategy

BTP is committed to exploiting the full potential of the workforce irrespective of background and culture.

Our 15 in 5 strategy is embedded within the force to ensure:

  • Black and minority ethnic officers make up at least 15% of our officer workforce.
  • Women fill at least 15% of our senior posts at superintendent and above by 2019.

In order to ensure this commitment is driven through every level of our recruitment and promotion activities a number of positive action initiatives are embedded within our recruitment and selection process.

*Application and Assessment Support

Assessments centres and interviews are daunting no matter how experienced you are and we want to ensure you have the most relevant and flexible support options available to you prior to your application form submission and your formal assessment process.

The BTP recruitment team is here to provide you with support, information and guidance about the Police Officer/PCSO assessment process to ensure your time with us adds value to your overall candidate experience.

*Recruitment workshops:

As part of the recruitment process a series of recruitment workshops will be run in various locations to provide you with an insight into our assessment centre’s.

The workshops consist of a variety of presentations, live testing sessions and a chance to have 1 on 1 interview coaching. Question and answer sessions are held at every session. All workshops have police staff and officers onsite.

*Recruitment buddy:

Eligible individuals will be partnered with a buddy throughout their recruitment process. Your buddy will provide you with support and coaching around any stage of the process to include application forms and interviews, as well as generic information about the force.

*Feedback sessions:
Individuals who attend workshops will be eligible for feedback sessions either from our Positive Action Team or your recruitment buddy.

All individuals who attend a workshop will be prioritised for the next assessment centre.

*We are currently only offering these support options and events to females and/or black and minority ethnic groups, who are currently under-represented within the force.