The event, organised by the city’s Racial Equality Council, aims to champion good community relations and to give employers to meet members of ethnic minorities who are looking for work.

Speakers will include Alexis Wright, policy and programmes adviser from the Commission for Racial Equality, employment lawyer Sonia Bhola, from Tollers Solicitors in Milton Keynes, IKEA marketing manager Ivan Brown, Milton Keynes & North Bucks Chamber of Commerce chief executive Sean Hickey and MK Dons FC chairman Pete Winkelman.

Employers from the public, private and statutory sectors have been invited to exhibit and discuss job opportunities, diversity and best practice.

Exhibitors at the conference include Milton Keynes College, Woodhill Prison, the Open University, Milton Keynes Council, IBM and the Crown Prosecution Services.

MK REC director Navrita Atwal (pictured) said: “Fair and equal treatment in employment is a key feature for any workplace. By recognising diversity, this will contribute to an organisation’s competitive edge whereby they can draw on the skills and talents of the workforce.”

The conference takes place at the Open University on March 7, from 9.30am to 5pm.

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