Key figures from the police, armed forces, politics and education joined a discussion about diversity in public services that was held at Bradford College.
Chief Superintendent of West Yorkshire, Mabs Hussain, Lieutenant Colonel Paul Davies of the British Army and Naz Shah, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Bradford West, were among the panel that spoke to students who are considering a career in the uniformed services.
Topics discussed included the need for public services to have the trust and confidence of all communities and to reflect the communities they serve.
Lenka Kaur, Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator at Bradford College, said: “The event was to inspire and motivate our public services students and above all to empower them to make the right choices when it comes to career prospects.
“We had fantastic panel members that came to speak to our students and to answer their questions on the day.
“The event was very positive and highly inspirational and both the panel and students found it extremely useful. It was an amazing opportunity for our students to listen to and engage with such positive role models.”
The college, which runs BTEC and degree-level courses in public services, hosted the panel discussion at its Advanced Technology Centre on Randall Well Street on Friday May 19.
Also on the panel was PC Amjad Ditta, a specialist firearms officer with West Yorkshire who is also the force’s Positive Action Co-ordinator with a brief to encourage under-represented groups to apply to join the service.
Representing the college were principal David Harwood and Nosheen Qamer who, as well as running the popular Police Camps during school holidays, also works as a special constable.
Major Lisa M Marr from the British Army also spoke, along with Nabila Ayub from Mosaic, a mentoring charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales, which helps young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.