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Celebrating International Women’s Day by Inspiring Inclusion

OCS Team

OCS Team

08 Mar, 2024

Celebrating International Women’s Day by Inspiring Inclusion

This International Women’s Day, OCS takes pride in embracing the theme of “Inspiring Inclusion.”
Inclusion forms a crucial component of our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,
underscoring our dedication to fostering a culture where all colleagues and partners receive
equitable treatment and access to opportunities.

At the heart of our mission to inspire inclusion lies our commitment to breaking gender barriers in
the traditionally male-dominated Facilities Management (FM) industry. Our focus extends beyond
mere inclusion; we strive to create an environment conducive to the growth and retention of
women professionals.

Woman making heart gesture for international women's day

As part of our International Women’s Day initiatives, OCS volunteers will visit two girls’ schools in Inner Birmingham and Tower Hamlets, contributing to our “Learn to Earn” apprenticeship scheme. The objective is to instil ambition in young girls preparing for their GCSEs, enlightening them about the abundant career opportunities within FM. Furthermore, our aim is to educate them on the potential for social mobility and career progression within OCS.

Both schools are situated in areas grappling with high levels of deprivation indices, unemployment, and health inequalities. We hope to make a positive impact by dismantling barriers to entry for young women in the workforce, particularly within the facilities management sector. This initiative not only illuminates a clear and actionable path for young women but also empowers them to kickstart their careers while earning productively.

As we anticipate the promising outcomes of these visits on International Women’s Day, we remain steadfast in our commitment to championing, advocating for, and inspiring inclusion within our workplace

“Inspiring Inclusion is a powerful theme to spotlight this International Women’s Day. It advocates for a sustained, deliberate, and multi-pronged approach to making women feel welcome in the workplace. OCS is proud to embrace this strategy in building lasting and impactful careers for women in the facilities management industry. Initiatives like this aim to provide empowerment and kickstart young women’s careers.”

Val Dale

Group Chief People Officer

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