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With employment figures showing improving signs, there is now a greater emphasis on developing managers and staff in all areas of equality and diversity. This makes perfect sense in terms of equipping employees with the skills and knowledge to work smarter together, create an inclusive working environment for everyone and ultimately to provide excellent service to diverse customers and suppliers.
Interest in our in-house training solutions is showing a dramatic increase, with the banking and insurance sector, local authorities and education sectors taking the lead in delivering diversity training programmes throughout their organisations.
To address these requirements, we have developed a number of different solutions including:
- In-house training sessions – delivered by an equalities expert with bespoke content written for your objectives
- Train the trainer sessions – for organisations who have resources to cascade the knowledge to other staff
- DVD Training Package - to enable your training team to deliver diversity training at a fraction of the cost of sending staff off-site
- Online Learning Package – with all the resources you need to create your own course and share throughout your organisation, across boundaries
Recently, a housing authority commissioned us to deliver a series of 2 hour briefings for senior managers to understand the issues around sexual orientation. Once the business benefits were crystalised, they have since purchased our DVD training package so that managers and team leaders can deliver training to their staff.
For a local authority, we delivered train the trainer sessions to 20 managers who are currently transferring this knowledge throughout their organisation using materials we created for them.
Several colleges are currently offering their local business community equalities and diversity training courses using a combination of our DVD and Online Learning resources.
Here is some feedback from delgates on one of our training course.
If you would like some advice or further information on the range of training solutions to suit your training budget and objectives, please call Darren on 01296 630250.
Members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champion programme get a 15% discount on all of our training products. See more on pricing and ordering information.
The reality of equal marriage in England and Wales made a big step forward today as the House of Commons voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in a free vote. The Bill passed its Third Reading vote by 366 votes to 161 – a majority of 205.
The Bill will now have its Third Reading in the Commons before moving to the House of Lords in June.
The Bill will:
- enable same-sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies
- ensure those religious organisations that wish to do so can opt in to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples
- protect those religious organisations that do not wish to marry same-sex couples from successful legal challenge
We are releasing our short documentary ‘The Mandeville Legacy’ online today for schools and organisations to use for education and diversity training purposes.
The film tells the story of the pioneering techniques of Sir Ludwig Guttmann, his work with disabled men and women and the birth of the Paralympic movement.
We filmed some fresh interviews with former Paralympic athletes Caz Walton and Chris Holmes MBE, who discuss the influence of Guttmann and the legacy of Stoke Mandeville. Caz’s first games was in 1964 – where she won the first ever track event in the wheelchair race. She continued to compete until 1988, winning a total of 10 gold medals. Chris won 9 swimming gold medals and was currently the Director of Paralympics London 2012. The film is available on DVD too, contact us for more information.
Following the implementation of new legislation equalities policy, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is now an aspect of staff training in local government according to research at the Universities of Newcastle and Huddersfield carried out by Professor Diane Richardson and Dr Surya Monro.
This important research charts the progress of equality measures introduced into local government following a raft of legislation which has obliged local authorities to develop equalities policies specifically focussing on sexual orientation.
Our diversity and equality training programme focusses specifically on sexual orientation in the workplace – and is a powerful tool that includes videos, e-learning modules and supportive training materials to enable local authorities to deliver training for managers inhouse. For organisations who don’t have the training resources inhouse, we provide a range of training courses that we deliver on your behalf. See more about our diversity training here.
Due to popular demand we have launched a series of Equality and Diversity Training Courses that we facilitate and deliver to your staff in-house. The courses are ideal for situations when you don’t have the training resources to deliver specialised equality and diversity training or when you have a large training rollout and need an experienced pair of hands to help you implement it.
We are currently offering three courses on sexual orientation in the workplace sessions that include a half day, full day and a train the trainer session.
Additional courses are currently being developed and will be available soon. See all the details on the training course overview, proposed content and prices here.
It was great to hear that Scotland has confirmed it will legalise gay marriage, becoming the first part of the UK to do so.
A bill on the issue will be brought forward in the country’s parliament this September.
The decision on the 25th July comes after cabinet members of the Scottish National Party (SNP) government met earlier this month to discuss the measures.
Despite widespread support for a change in the law, there has been fierce opposition from some religious leaders and clerics.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights campaigners, couples, faith leaders and Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) have called the announcement ‘a proud day for Scotland’.
Separate legislation has been promised in England and Wales, with David Cameron pledging to introduce gay marriage by 2015. Read the full article here, reported by Gay Star News.
One of the stories in our equality and diversity training DVD features a colleague who makes it quite clear that she is against the right of gay people to marry – on discovery that her closest colleague is a lesbian. It’s a challenging scenario that enables staff, teams and managers to discuss the issues, feel confident to challenge discriminatory behaviour and develop a greater understanding of equality and diversity issues in the workplace. Register here to view clips from this scene.
It has been widely reported that Former BP chief executive says gay people often refrain from applying for certain jobs in business for fear of discrimination.
Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP, has urged business leaders to do more to end discrimination against gay people in the workplace.
Speaking to the BBC’s business editor, Robert Peston, he said: “My sense is that the business world remains more intolerant of homosexuality than other worlds such as the legal profession, the media and the visual arts … I am one of a handful of publicly gay people to have run a FTSE 100 company.
“In some industries, the situation is particularly bad. Among the many people I know in private equity, where I now work, fewer than 1% are openly gay.”
He said gay people often refrain from applying for certain jobs for fear of discrimination: “That is the most difficult thing, people need confidence to go out there and be part of life.” He suggested businesses should set targets to make sure they are working to be more inclusive.
In developing the Sexual Orientation training programme for the workplace, we conducted research with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual employees in numerous organisations who echoed his views. In addition, many gay people were afraid of ‘coming out’ purely because they felt that it would affect their career chances with their employers. Over 80% of the people we interviewed frequently witnessed anti-gay comments by managers and colleagues, which made them feel that they needed to keep their sexual orientation private. This in turn causes many other issues for the individual – and as we know all too well, people perform better at work when they can be themselves.
The storylines within this powerful training tool were developed in partnership with Stonewall and are based on real life scenarios. To find out more about the business benefits of sexual orientation training for Managers and Staff, click here.
Speaking at the Stonewall Workplace Conference in London on the 20th April 2012, the Home Secretray Theresa May said businesses could not afford to ignore the £70 billion-strong lesbian, gay and bisexual market, as she set out the ‘business case for equality’. Ms May said the government would continue to strive for equality, saying top employers ‘know that a company whose workforce better reflects their customers is better able to understand what their customers want and need – and that means greater sales and profits’.
The Stonewall Workplace Conference, supported by Barclays, gave 500 delegates from every sector of Britain’s economy a chance to hear from speakers including the Home Secretary, Sport Wales chair Laura McAllister, and Barclays Managing Director of Diversity and Inclusion Mark McLane.
Our video training programme, Respecting Diversity: Sexual Orientation, which is endorsed by Stonewall was on display at the conference for delegates to see.
Ban Ki-moon’s inspirational message to challenge the world on sexual orientation and gender discriminationSaturday, March 24th, 2012 s
On March 21, 2012 a major world figure speaks out forcefully in defense of equality. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon did just that when he made an incredibly powerful speech at the U.N. in Geneva.
But most people didn’t even hear about it. Why? After the speech, the media focused on a handful of delegates who stormed out of meeting in protest. Their story – that gay people should be denied human rights – is the one that dominated the day’s news. But with your help, we’re going to change that. The team over at All Out were given permission to remix the speech into this inspiring video, which we want to share with you.
The FA releases a brand new film around anti-Homophobia in Football featuring Brendon Batson and former FA Cup winner and England international, John Scales, plus ex-Reading skipper Ady Williams who was capped 13 times by Wales. An interesting discussion on why homophobia is the last taboo in football.