Race Equality Awards 2016 - Role Models in the Workplace (large org) - Enterprise-Rent-a-Car (ERAC)

Kuljit Kaur Manku​, Business Management Accounting Supervisor

 

Motivate
Kuljit joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car three and a half years ago as a trainee. As a girl who was stopped from playing football, rugby and hockey, Kuljit has direct experience of how Asian women can be limited by culture. Having seen few Asian and Sikh female role models, her personal goal is to demonstrate it is possible to be a successful Sikh Punjabi woman.

Act
Kuljit lobbied to become the Business in the Community (BITC) co-ordinator for Enterprise in Leeds, successfully involving the whole region for the first time. She has organised events in local schools including Give & Gain Days and Right to Read activity, and given 'Day in the Life' talks in senior schools. Kuljit also organised School@Enterprise events to give pupils a taste of work.

Kuljit has engaged regional senior managers with BITC by taking area managers to BITC events and talking about Enterprise’s work with BITC and the positive impact it has on the organisation whenever possible. This has made her visible to directors at Enterprise’s European headquarters and she has been invited to participate in a diversity panel at the company’s annual European HR conference to share best practice.

Kuljit has also redesigned financial and business management training programmes and documents to engage young Management Trainees in her Group, using YouTube and social media to reinvigorate presentations and creating workshops on sensitive ethical issues. She presented to over 140 people at Enterprise’s BAME2016 leadership event on being a Sikh employee and organised and set up a Sikh culture stall at BAME Connexions, an event attended by 100 Enterprise employees and friends and family.

Kuljit has also been profiled on Enterprise’s recruitment website and in its gender diversity magazine.

Impact

  • At the request of Enterprise directors, Kuljit is now involved in company-wide leadership activities so she can influence the business nationally and internationally.
  • She has also been nominated for the BITC Champions Award for her region at the request of BITC, and achieved her goal of 50/50 attendance between admin and branch employees at BITC events, which led to wider involvement by employees in the north of England. Kuljit is now BITC co-ordinator for the Northwest group which will help impact communities in the region.
  • Kuljit's training programme redesign has now become part of Enterprise’s core training programme in the north of England and will soon be added to the Northwest England training programme, ensuring best practice is shared around the organisation.
  • Kuljit is also impacting talent hiring; six people applied for a job at Enterprise as a result of reading Kuljit's post on Enterprise's recruitment website.
  • Kuljit has distinguished herself as a role model for business performance, community engagement, ethnic inclusion and employee development.​