Text Size

Current Size: 100%

What is Positive Action?

Share by emailShare by email

Positive Action is a range of lawful actions that seek to overcome or minimise disadvantages in employment opportunities that people who share a protected characteristic have experienced, or to meet their different needs.

Section 158 of the Equality Act 2010 allows employers to use the positive action general provisions giving individuals from underrepresented groups the opportunity to access support and training, in preparation for and throughout the recruitment process, to overcome disadvantages when competing with others.

Positive Action is often confused with Positive Discrimination. Positive Action does not mean people will be recruited simply because of their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. This is 'positive discrimination' which is unlawful. We treat all applicants equally and recruitment is based on merit.

Myth: Positive Action gives an unfair advantage to under-represented candidates.

Fact: Positive Action is about giving everyone a fair chance and providing support where they are unable to get it from elsewhere

Myth: I’m intelligent, talented and have no issue with application forms, I don’t need any help.

Fact: A lot of applicants fail first time, this is because the application form is looking for particular criteria to be met against the competency framework, the marking is hard, therefore a fantastic example may not score you enough points if you don’t meet the marking criteria. Obtaining advice and support before you submit your application will prevent unnecessary failure at the first stage.

Myth: You recruit to fill quotas

Fact: No, we have aspirational targets but no quotas, all candidate’s information is anonymised throughout the application process, you proceed to the next stage if you have scored enough points.

How do you do this?

We work closely with community groups and our officers and staff attend a variety of local events to promote working for us.

You will see our recruitment campaigns advertised in specific newspapers and radio stations such as East Midlands po Polsku, QB, Mojatu, Radio Dawn and Kemet FM.

Our Talent Support Ambassadors are officers, PCSOs and Special Constables from diverse groups who have volunteered to help to encourage more people from under-represented communities to join us. They are positive role models who have been through the recruitment process themselves and are in a key position to share their experiences and provide encouragement, support and advice to people considering a career with us.

We hold support sessions to provide information and encouragement to interested applicants to guide them through the recruitment and selection process. We also offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

What support is there?

We are proud to have a number of support networks providing support to under-represented groups. These include:

  • Black Police Association
  • Nottinghamshire Encouraging Women to Succeed (NEWS)
  • The Network (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans)
  • Enable, promoting wellbeing in the workplace
  • Christian Police Association
  • Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association

Do you make reasonable adjustments?

Yes, we will make reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants and employees. We are a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet all the necessary criteria for a vacancy.

Diverse range of skills

We want to recruit talented people with a diverse range of skills and experience who are committed to making a difference to the communities that we serve.

Recruiting from the widest pool of people will mean we recruit individuals who can speak other languages, understand other cultures and lifestyles and are willing to use those skills to the benefit of the community and the organisation.  A more diverse workforce will build trust and confidence across communities, leading to sharing of information and closer working.

We are not yet fully representative and we are working to address this imbalance.  If you are from an under-represented group, we fully encourage you to consider joining our policing family.

You could be the difference we need.

To find out more about the support we can offer please contact Jo Ratchford at: talentsupport@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk or via text to 07595 008494.

People from a black and minority ethnic background including, our eastern European, Chinese and Gypsy Roma Traveller communities, and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ communities are currently under-represented within Nottinghamshire Police.

What is the Job Assistance Scheme?

The Job Assistance Scheme includes a directory of individuals, groups and community partners who have asked to be informed of job opportunities with us when they arise.

The aim of this scheme is to encourage applications from people in currently under-represented groups, including women, people from a black and minority ethnic background, and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans+ communities.

To register, please email your request to talentsupport@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk