Adopt an Intern has grown beyond its initial challenge, which was identified in 2010, and now helps reach job seekers of all ages, skill sets and backgrounds – many of whom fill a range of different roles across the technology sector.
Now trading as AAI EmployAbility, the Edinburgh firm has refreshed its approach and brand to highlight expertise and longterm work on diversity and inclusion. The rebrand aligns with trends recently highlighted by CIPD, which shows organisations that take diversity and inclusion seriously can increase both their market competitiveness and corporate reputation.
AAI has been championing gender diversity and ‘equality of opportunity’ in Scotland since its inception, and in the last year, nearly half (44%) of applications to stem roles with AAI were from women – equating to 65% of the successfully placed candidates.
Joy Lewis, founder and chief executive of AAI, said: “AAI has always been about inclusion and diversity, and now more than ever employers are coming to us looking to reach a wider talent market. The scope of the work we do and the people we help means we’ve outgrown the initial mission of the ‘Adopt an Intern’ monicker.
“AAI EmployAbility reflects our wider focus on inclusive recruitment beyond internships to incorporate social impact projects that support Corporate Social Responsibility.
“From startups to national industry leaders, we help them hire for potential and fresh ideas. I encourage forward-thinking employers throughout the UK to get in touch with us and discover what we can do for them, whatever their need.”
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This year, AAI celebrated placing its 1,500th person into work and has exceeded its targets for the successful placing of candidates and increasing diversity. More than one-third (35%) of AAI applicants are the first in their family to attend university, while 97% of job roles facilities were filled successfully.
Vicky Brock, serial entrepreneur and AAI employer, commented: “I can say, having worked with lots of recruitment agencies, I have never seen a more diverse group of shortlisted candidates on every level.
“Age, ethnic background, gender, subject studied, outlook on life, socioeconomic abilities and disabilities. It was amazing to see such talent interested in our company.”