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Inclusive Recruitment

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): 16 October 2023 / 13 November 2023
  • Duration: Virtually over three 90 minute sessions.
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
    More information


This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Please note: This course is delivered through the Reskill & Recover project, which is part funded by the European Social Fund. This course is only available to employees of small and medium businesses that are based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course.

Our Inclusive Recruitment course is a non-accredited interactive learning and development programme, delivered by NTU's Employability team. The programme aims to develop your understanding and knowledge around inclusive recruitment of early career talent through five key modules, exploring each stage of the candidate journey.

This programme will give you practical tools and tips that will help you attract, select, and retain a diverse workforce, by applying new recruitment methods, using technology and embedding EDI practices.

We are now delivering our last two cohorts of this course. Don't miss your chance to sign up.

What you’ll study

Who is the course aimed at:

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to make recruitment more inclusive – whether you are currently involved in or aspiring to be part of the recruitment process. It would be of particular interest to hiring managers, recruiters, HR professionals and small business owners.

As a result of completing the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

    • Understanding of the basic terminology and legislation around EDI in the context of recruitment practices.
    • Awareness of the graduate labour market and the barriers faced by various under-represented groups in relation to recruitment processes.
    • Enhanced knowledge of inclusive job adverts and the importance of language in attracting diverse candidates.
    • Enhanced knowledge of how new technology and selection methods can reduce bias, increase objectivity and recruit more diverse early career talent.
    • Appreciation of the challenges in retaining graduates from underrepresented backgrounds and ways you can increase retention.
    • Ability to apply learnings to your hiring procedures and your own experiences.

Making the case for Inclusive Recruitment & Understanding the EDI landscape

  • Basic terminology and principles of Diversity & Inclusion in relation to recruitment
  • Exploring the legal, business, moral & ethical imperatives for EDI
  • Understanding under-represented groups and barriers faced in the recruitment process & labour market

Positioning your employer brand and attracting diverse talent

  • Why employer branding is important to candidates
  • Creating inclusive job adverts that appeal to diverse candidates
  • Outreach activities to connect with under-represented talent

Module Three: Understanding how bias impacts hiring and what you can do about it

  • Different types of implicit bias
  • Tools & technology that can support with reducing the impact of bias

Module Four: Exploring how different selection methods can increase diversity

  • Competency and strengths-based assessments
  • Contextualised and blink recruitment methods
  • How positive action can be used to address under-representation

Onboarding & retaining your talent

  • Challenges in retaining diverse talent
  • Keep warm strategies to reduce renege rates
  • Building an inclusive workplace

How you’re taught

This course is delivered by early careers industry professionals and has several modules.

*Additional dates may become available subject to demand, so please contact if you are interested in the course but cannot attend the existing cohorts.

Cohort One

Session 1: 16 October 2023, 11 am - 12.30 pm

Session 2: 18 October 2023, 11 am - 12.30 pm

Session 3: 20 October 2023, 11 am - 12.30 pm

(delivered virtually)

Cohort Two

Session 1: 13 November 2023, 11 am - 12.30 pm

Session 2: 15 November 2023, 11 am - 12.30 pm

Session 3: 17 November 2023, 11 am - 12.30 pm

(delivered virtually)

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place on this course you must be employed by a small or medium business (under 250 employees) in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email:

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.