About this course
Whilst Northern Ireland continues to progress towards a society that is more inclusive and fairer for all, recent events such as differing opinions on Covid vaccination status, Climate change, the Black Lives Matter and #Metoo movements and the war in Ukraine have forced us all to focus and reflect on issues relevant to diversity and inclusion like never before.
This course will share suggestions on how your staff can work in a positive and inclusive manner with people who have very different views from their own. It will also explain equality legislation in Northern Ireland, which provides protection for you as the employer, against harassment and discrimination.
Diversity is understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people within the workplace, including those of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations, and with that, differences in education, personalities, skill sets and experiences. Inclusion is a collaborative, supportive, and respectful work environment where everyone feels they can participate and achieve their potential.
What is conscious inclusion?
Conscious inclusion is about being aware of your biases and doing your best to make everyone feel included. It is a relatively new term in the world of diversity and inclusion and it is sometimes used in conjunction with unconscious (or implicit) bias.
Why is diversity & inclusion training important?
Top employment lawyers advise it is essential to provide all staff with diversity and inclusion training on, or shortly after starting employment. Many of Northern Ireland’s most successful organisations now champion the importance of equality and diversity in the workplace. Numerous studies point to the connection between high returns and greater workplace diversity.
Diversity and Inclusion training helps staff raise awareness of the value of collaborating with people of different cultures, races, genders, ethnicities, beliefs, experiences and ideas.
Training all staff within this topic area can also boost business performance, reduce the likelihood of harassment issues at work and strengthen an employer’s defence in Industrial Tribunal cases.
A recent survey ‘A Welcoming and Inclusive Workplace’ by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland found that one in four (25%) employees stated that they had witnessed unwanted behaviours towards others during the past 12 months.
Who needs diversity & inclusion training?
Advice from top employment lawyers is that diversity and inclusion training is completed on day one of employment and then refreshed regularly to ensure all staff are aware of the value of collaborating with people of different cultures, races, genders, ethnicities, beliefs, experiences and ideas and their roles and responsibilities in keeping the workplace harassment-free.
How long does this Diversity & Inclusion training take?
This online training course will take no longer than 60 minutes to complete including an assessment. Each member of staff will receive their own personalised certificate upon successful completion.
Topics covered within the course include:
What diversity and inclusion is
The law relating to diversity and inclusion
The importance of inclusion
How to work in a positive and inclusive manner