Scottish Parliament marks minority ethnic ‘emerging leaders’’ success


Thirteen ‘emerging leaders’ from the Scottish Parliamentary Service (SPS) staff were recognised today at a certification event hosted by the Presiding Officer.

The staff were the first group to attend a new course created by Edinburgh College and the Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators (SAMEE). The course supports minority ethnic employees in achieving their full potential now and in the future.

The scheme also aims to ensure the Parliamentary Service more closely reflects Scotland’s population by developing existing minority ethnic talent within the organisation.

While the 2021 election saw a more diverse group of MSPs elected, diversity monitoring within the Parliament as an employer found an ethnicity pay gap caused by a lack of minority ethnic staff in more senior positions.

Speaking after the certification event, Presiding Officer, Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“Diversity matters, and I am proud to recognise the achievements of our first intake of colleagues participating in this innovative and progressive scheme.

“I am very pleased to encourage them as they advance their careers at the heart of Scottish public life.”


Find further details about the emerging leaders scheme.

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