Equality Training – Is It Worth The Money?

Equality and diversity training has to be the one of the most prevalent training concepts around at the moment, and probably – I suspect – one of the most contentious.

With “political correctness gone mad” we are living in a time when people can often feel insecure about how to speak and react in the working environment.

When we discuss equality and diversity it feels as though it often is relevant to someone else or a third party. The facts, however, are that equality issues affect all of us.

Look at how the UK is made up – with an ageing population comes an ageing workforce, multi-faith and ethnicity are growing in the UK, more women are returning to work full time after having children.

Disability affects 1 in 7 of the adult population and an estimated 1 in 20 people identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual. We are a rapidly changing population which is good – so why be frightened or threatened?

Awareness and educating people is the solution, the key. We are not so different from one another when we find out what people’s daily issues are.

The most important thing to remember about any training programme is that it needs to be right for your organisation and most importantly your people.

An organisation can only succeed with equality issues if awareness of equality operates at the centre of its policy making.

To start a transformation of delivery it is important to engage everyone: manual staff, line managers and senior policy makers.

Is it value for money? Many organisations spend huge amounts of money on training without evaluating if it has actually made a difference. Was the investment worth it?

Our research suggests that approximately 20% of employers regularly monitor and assess their training. It is important therefore to have a harder bottom line related measure not a perception.

The trainers who deliver your courses – are they reflective of the population? Ask them the question: Your tutors or staff, how many are made up of minority groups?

Or are they well meaning people who work in a hypocritical culture?

These are the questions we need to be asking when looking for reputable training. Is it tailored? Is it relevant? Is it accredited? Most importantly – is it worth the money?

For more advice on equality and diversity training contact one of our team today for an informal discussion (you can call 0800 031 9181 or use the contact form on the contact us page).

About Ora Training

We help our clients to get the very most from The Equality Act. Crucially, we take a very different approach to other training providers as we won’t lecture you on what you can’t do but identify positive things can you can do to improve your organisation. We start by listening to you and learning about your organisation and subsequently devise a bespoke training solution for you.

Consistent with our core values of sustainability and fairness, we achieve positive, long-term change by empowering organisations and teams. This is because we passionately believe that an organisation can only change when all staff members are empowered to create change. We call this process achieving equality through empowerment. We provide this outcome to clients from a range of sectors including the business, governmental and voluntary sectors.

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Contact Details

We would be delighted to hear from you. You can contact us in the following ways

Tel: 0800 031 9181

Email: Send us a message via the contact form on the Contact Us page.

Address: 70 Cleveland Road North Shields North Tyneside NE29 0NT

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