Hire firm achieves recognition for diversity and equality.

An independent hire firm has been recognised for its commitment to diverse and inclusive practices within the workplace.

HOS Hire Ltd, based in Neath Port Talbot, has qualified for an Exemplar Employer Award for its inclusive approach towards the recruitment and career progression of women.

The award, which was recently launched by Chwarae Teg, showcases businesses that have successfully broken down barriers affecting women’s recruitment, retention and progression.

To qualify for an award, businesses must demonstrate evidence of a number of practices relating to positive workplace culture, including performance management, learning and development opportunities and flexible working.

Businesses can be eligible for three different levels of the award, representing organisations who are developing their cultural practices and those leading by example.

Maxine Barrett, Director at HOS Hire Ltd.:

“Everybody benefits from a more inclusive workplace – people are more productive when they are able to be themselves and can see there are no barriers to progression.

If people feel they are being treated with respect it allows them to share different perspectives and ideas, to be confident in their own abilities and reach their full potential.

It’s really important to support and nurture talent, especially female talent within an industry that has not traditionally been seen as offering good career progression for women.

It is rewarding to know that the work we have put in to making our policies and procedures more than forms in a manual is of real benefit to the people who work here and to the company.”

Employer Partner at Chwarae Teg, Gemma Littlejohns:

“Maxine and her team have adopted an equality and diversity strategy to further develop the good practice already in place at HOS Hire.

Maxine has committed herself to providing a positive role model to young women entering the construction industry.

The whole team are in the process of planning a community event where they will provide their services to a worthwhile cause demonstrating their strong company values and ethics.”

Businesses can become eligible for an Exemplar Employer award by introducing more inclusive recruitment policies or by signing up to career development programmes such as Agile Nation 2, which is funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund and being delivered by Chwarae Teg.