LONDON: Sport England is changing its recruitment process to be more inclusive following a complaint about an advertised PR role.
The sports body, which employs UK Public Relations Consultants Association diversity head Tanya Joseph as director of business partnerships, has pledged to clarify that applications from people without degrees will be considered.
The move was prompted by a complaint that its ad for a head of communications asked for candidates educated to degree level or with an equivalent vocational qualification.
“Sport England is a diverse employer, with colleagues from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. In the future, relevant job ads will make explicit that we will consider applications from candidates with relevant experience even if they do not have formal qualifications,” said Joseph. “This will include roles in our comms team. As chair of the PRCA Diversity Network, I think it is important that the PR industry reviews all its recruitment practices to ensure we attract talented people in the industry.”
Joseph leads the Diversity Network alongside Jericho Chambers' Robert Phillips.
Phillips resigned as Edelman's EMEA president and CEO last November and launched Jericho Chambers in June. The firm bills itself as a cross between a change management consultancy, a management consultancy, and a PR agency.
This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.