Diversity matters. Public sector bodies not only have the moral responsibility to advance equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) but a legal one. The Equality Act 2010 stipulates that public bodies have the duty to eliminate unlawful discrimination, equalise opportunities and foster good relations between people with protected characteristics. Moreover, there is a business case for it, with companies and institutions that make strides in advancing the EDI agenda seeing positive economic effects (BIS, 2013; McKinsey, 2018).
With a wealth of experience in the public sector DJC Training provide solutions that can help institutions to build cross-cultural understanding and inclusivity (various cultural awareness training sessions, see below) as well as identify ways to overcome unconscious and implicit biases in recruitment, appraisals and promotions which may be holding back the talent of your employees and the success of your organisation (unconscious bias training and policy solutions). Training is always bespoke to address specific organisational needs.
Each workshop is dynamic and impactful, engaging participants in thought provoking exercises and discussions and eliciting deep learning. A variety of methods of delivery such as small group work, videos and thought experiments are used. The focus is not only on raising awareness of EDI issues, but most importantly on how institutions and individuals can address them.
However, training works best when it is a part of wider efforts to improve diversity and inclusion at work. DJC Training offers holistic consultancy services which can help you review your policies, procedure and practices to improve equality outcomes - from organisational culture, to recruitment and promotion, to employee satisfaction.
Areas of expertise:
Equality Act 2010 in the public sector
LGBTQIA+ issues (with a focus on trans equality)
unconscious and implicit biases
intercultural intelligence and competencies
anti-harassment and bullying (including sexual harassment)
equality in higher education: inclusive teaching and assessment, including empowering pedagogy and decolonised curriculum
The workshop combines the frameworks of unconscious bias and Critical Race Theory/ Critical Whiteness Studies to uncover how our brains are wired to make snappy decisions before we even realise it and what societal discourses about 'race' drive these decisions and attitudes. By engaging participants in thought-provoking experiments and discussions the workshop equips them with tools to challenge racism. The particular strength of this session is its call for participants to take action in order not to be complicit in the existing racialised inequalities. The workshop can be delivered as a full- or half-day session.