At Tate, we believe that diversity is for and about everyone. We treat people as individuals and listening to people to understand their needs and interests is important to us. We respect the visible and non-visible differences between everyone. Our approach is based on inclusiveness, fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy.
We want our workforce to be more diverse, representative of all sections of society, with a wide mix of people at all levels of the organisation. The range of perspectives and experience diversity brings is an asset to our organisation, and we strive to create an inclusive, welcoming environment for visitors, artists and all those who work at Tate.
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We strive to ensure that opportunities to work at Tate are open to all. We treat all job applications equally, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation or any other equality characteristic.
We particularly encourage applications from disabled people and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented in the cultural sector.
Tate has been awarded the Two Ticks positive about disability symbol by Job Centre Plus. As a Two Ticks employer, Tate has committed to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their capabilities and potential.
To open up access to the arts sector, we offer a number of work training programmes, including paid internship placements, traineeships and creative apprenticeships. These roles are aimed at those who will benefit most from the training and who might not otherwise have the opportunity to develop careers within the sector. For more information please see our internships page.
We aim to provide a supportive environment where everyone can feel comfortable to be themselves and thrive.
Our Dignity and Respect at Work policy sets out the values we expect everyone to support at Tate. We run dignity and respect workshops for all our people to improve understanding of how our behaviour can impact on others in the workplace and to increase confidence to respond to dignity and respect issues.
We are proud that this training programme was highly commended in the Excellence in Training category at the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion 2012 Awards. Tate also won the Small Employer of the Year award for this initiative and our overall work on dignity and respect in the workplace.
Tate is a member of Stonewalls Diversity Champions programme and works closely with Stonewall to ensure that Tate is open and welcoming to all our employees and visitors, regardless of sexual orientation. Our work to create an inclusive culture for our lesbian, gay and bisexual employees was Highly Commended at the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusions 2013 Awards.
Tate has been awarded the Two Ticks positive about disability symbol by Job Centre Plus in recognition of our commitment to disability equality. Tate is also a member of the Business Disability Forum, who advise us on improving access for disabled employees, visitors and stakeholders across all of our activities. We were highly commended for our strong and embedded commitment to disability equality by the Business Disability Forum when we took part in their Disability Standard assessment in 2012.
We are committed to providing our employees with a healthy work-life balance. Our employee engagement surveys tell us that achieving a satisfactory balance between developing a career and enjoying life away from work is a high priority for our people.
We recognise that achieving that sense of balance is a very personal thing; it is about choice and flexibility. We provide a range of support for employees to create an environment where everyone – whatever their commitments outside of work – has the opportunity to flourish, including:
- Flexible working
- Career development
- Job sharing
- Home-working facilities
- Information on managing time and stress
Our Employee Assistance Programme provides information and support on a range of topics, from health and fitness to finance, childcare and counselling. This free, confidential service is available to all our employees online and on the phone 24/7.
Tate Social helps to provide opportunities for employees to come together and improve wellbeing. Tate Social, managed by our Tate Staff Council, has allocated funds to support activities ranging from yoga to singing, gardening to meditation, quizzes to ping pong. All Tate Social activities are inspired by the five steps to wellbeing: connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.
We also offer a range of benefits and discount schemes that can boost wellbeing with offers such as discounted membership of health and fitness clubs.
Everyone at Tate is responsible for diversity and is expected to respect our diversity values.
Tate for All is our working group that champions diversity throughout the organisation. Tate for All is open to all employees, with representatives from every part of our organisation. It is a democratic group that focuses on improving diversity within our audiences, communications, programme and collection, and workforce.
We have three staff diversity networks, focusing on disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation. These networks provide peer support to employees, increase understanding of equality issues within Tate and contribute to our wider diversity initiatives. All of the networks are inclusive, open to all staff and volunteers with an interest in these equality issues. The networks work closely together and report to Tate for All.
If you have any questions about Tate and diversity, please get in touch.
Call +44 (0)20 7887 8972 (Sarah Kaiser, Diversity Manager) or +44 (0)20 7887 4997 (HR team)