NAPIT: Creating a diverse and more inclusive industry

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NAPIT has highlighted a range of initiatives it is undertaking to promote its longstanding commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and has called for companies across the industry to take similar steps.

Since its formation, NAPIT has had EDI practices in place for the interests of staff, members and customers alike. 

This year, NAPIT aims to promote these initiatives to encourage other companies across the board to join in and make the industry a more inclusive place to work.

As with many industries, the Building Services Industry has its stereotypes. It is common knowledge that the trades within the sector are male-dominated, with these careers largely targeted towards young males rather than young females at school and college. NAPIT actively supports women in the electrical industry, but that’s just one step to overcome when it comes to making the industry a more diverse place.

NAPIT’s Equality and Diversity policy is firmly in place to ensure that no member, employee or customer is disadvantaged when doing business with them due to age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, pregnancy, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership.

Mike Andrews, NAPIT group chief executive said, “NAPIT value diversity, and we appreciate how people from different backgrounds can bring new ideas and initiatives to their work and profession. We want to promote equal opportunities to everyone and ensure that all of our employees, members and customers feel valued and appreciated.

“We are hoping to raise awareness and open people’s minds to the benefits of equality and diversity practices so that they can take advantage of a greater mix of skills, experiences and ideas, as well as improved performance and profitability.”

NAPIT has created an LGBT rainbow version of the NAPIT logo which it will be using to show its support for EDI. This is also available for NAPIT members to use if they want to get on board with the campaign.