Ceri Murphy, Managing Director at Itec Skills and Employment, which became the the first Welsh independent training provider to be employee owned in 2019, believes that equity is essential to business success and security.

“The narrative must progress, lately there has been a big focus on equality, but equity is needed to afford employers and employees more equal opportunities for development and growth in the education and skills sector and the wider workforce.

“However, to achieve equity there needs to be more open conversations focused on peoples’ lived experiences and specific needs in order for companies and businesses to sufficiently support their employees. Good leaders must get to know their workers and communicate with them, so their individual needs are not only acknowledged but equitable solutions are introduced as a result of these conversations.

“We have to approach equity as not just a women’s debate but rather something that affects everyone. Although we must also accept that because women traditionally have not been offered the same opportunities as men that means that they are in need of more tailored support in the workplace. Whether this be in the form of menopause policies, childcare considerations, or a more flexible work schedule – we must ensure that equity begins at home.

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