Embedding inclusion and diversity into everyday work practices has never been more important. Getting it right creates a happy, harmonious and committed workforce that can drive first-class service delivery.
d&i Leaders, in partnership with Charlotte Sweeney Associates;
Diversity Marketplace and Diversity and Ability are proud to be able to offer a suite of training and development programmes, which have been tried and tested over many years with a range of clients from global corporates to government departments.
Our training and development programmes take you from foundations in Diversity and Inclusion right through to Developing and Delivering Inclusive Leadership.
Virtual and face to face
All our programmes are delivered via workshops which can all be done virtually or face to face.
Our flexible programmes can be delivered to a group of employees, managers and leaders, as well as company-wide – just let us know your goal and we will design a programme to help achieve this.
Tailored to where you currently are as an organisation – taking you to where you want to be
Just like people, organisations are all different, our programmes can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances, challenges, and goals, meeting you where you currently are as an organisation and then taking you where you want to be.
Our suite of training and development programmes:
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You may have heard the phrase ‘power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ (Lord Acton). We’ll present a slightly different picture in which power can be channelled through the tool of inclusive leadership to empower an inclusive organisational culture.
This programme will cover:
- What makes an inclusive leader?
- The principals of inclusive leadership
- The cost of disregarding inclusive leadership
- Mechanisms for building inclusive leadership into your organisational DNA
We’ve all heard the words Diversity & Inclusion, and many continue to think that the terms are interchangeable. Most D&I professionals will tell you that they are definitely distinct terms and complement each other. Diversity is about having the right mix of people and Inclusion is about empowering your people to contribute effectively to the success of the organisation.
This programme will cover:
- Unpacking what it means to have a diverse workforce and consumer base
- Explore how inclusion can be a lever for everyone to reach their full potential
- Identifying practical actions that you can take, regardless of your role, to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace
Imagine two people are asked the same question about their future in your organisation. Their responses will be shaped by their experience of the prevailing culture and these can be very different. If you have an inclusive organisational mindset, you’ll find that everyone is able to paint a similar picture that gravitates towards the direction of the organisational strategy and business plans, whilst still maintaining their individual identify.
This programme will cover:
- The business impact of creating an inclusive culture
- Unpack the barriers to inclusion including personal and organisational bias, systems, practices and processes
- Individual assessment on the principles of inclusive leadership and the impact on your culture
- Deeper insights in how to build an inclusive culture that enables everyone to fulfil their full potential
We have all heard of how destructive unconscious bias can be in excluding ‘the right talent’ from our organisations. Imagine how much innovation and creativity will be inspired by teams who look like each other, talk like each other and behave in the same way as each other. When individual team members behave differently to the invisible norms established by the majority team culture they are often branded as not being team players, and often ostracised for being different. What is it that causes disparity of treatment of people? What can you do to recognise and more effectively manage both yours and others’ unconscious biases?
This programme will cover:
- Explore the basis for unconscious bias (the what, the why, and the how)
- Identify some of the more common bias that play out in the workplace everyday
- Understand how to mitigate the impact of common types of bias
- Build an action plan to reduce the impact of bias on your actions and decisions
We know the impact and influence of leaders when role modelling, visualising and speaking the language of inclusion is crucial when changing the culture of any organisation. We also know the importance of executives becoming champions for change, with some focusing on different strands of diversity. How often do we hear about the development available to them to really make a difference?
This programme will cover:
- The role of a champion – what’s expected
- Getting up to speed with the knowledge and insights for your strand
- The importance of intersectionality and how that influences your role
- Using your leadership role to create change
- Build an action plan to successfully deliver your role as a champion
Reverse mentoring is an effective way to build genuine awareness of the barriers and bias faced by underrepresented groups or junior staff members. Organisations and leaders can demonstrate their commitment to increasing representation and retentions by taking time to get to know employees they may otherwise have no interactions with. By building an understanding of their mentee’s point of view, reverse mentoring can challenge established hierarchies and foster a culture where all experiences, skills and ideas are leveraged. Successful implementation of reverse mentoring improves engagement, experience and retention for any diversity strand it is applied to.
The programme will cover:
- The principles of reverse mentoring – how to get the best from it
- The role of a mentor
- The role of a mentee
- Conducting your sessions – the why, the what and the how
- Building an action plan as a result of your mentoring sessions
Our partners have coached and mentored clients around the world for over 20 years and today use their vast experience to help organisational leaders and diversity and inclusion professionals become inclusive leaders, building more inclusive organisations and mapping out their career paths.
Our coaching assists clients to bridge the gap between where they are now, to where they would like to be either in a month or in 5 years’ time. We support them to create practical, step-by-step action plans to reach their goals and provide on-going support through any changes or obstacles they may encounter.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are highly valued and respected networks that when used effectively can make seismic contributions to the recruitment and retention of those groups that they represent, to your existing customer base and opening new markets for you. However, they can also become stale and loss emphasis when the right support and insights are not available. This programme has been created to support you and your organisation refresh, revitalise and re-invigorate existing Employee Resource Groups or introduce new ERG’s into your organisation.
This programme will cover:
- The purpose of the ERG
- The structural requirements for an effective ERG
- Adding value to the organisation – the why, the what and the how
- Collaborating with others – understanding and delivering an intersectional approach
- Build an action plan to successfully deliver the ERG’s
The Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB) are a free resource, to help organisations determine strategy and measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion. We help many organisations to implement the benchmarks and can put together a programme of activity to help you:
- Realize the depth, breadth, and integrated scope of D&I practices
- Assess the current state of D&I;
- Determine strategy, and;
- Measure progress in managing diversity and fostering inclusion
Disability can be one of the most intersectional of diversities and also one that can be temporary or change. It is likely to affect each and everyone one of us in our lifetimes. Building an inclusive culture for disability builds inclusive cultures for everyone. Difference is a value worth celebrating and harnessing, that allows us to achieve the remarkable. We’ll show you how to make the shifts that really matter through consultation and training for all areas of your organisation. The programme can offer:
- Disability Inclusion Training with Kitemark & Elearning Resource – available for leadership, line managers, departmentally and the wider workforce
- Inclusion reviews and accessibility audits to embed a welcoming and anticipatory approach to inclusion – e.g. recruitment, reasonable adjustments, policy and strategies, IT, website and communications
- DWP Disability Confident Scheme – strategic and practical support in achieving the 3 status levels – Disability Confident, Employer and Leader
- Support leadership with strategic development on disability inclusion that can include developing a business case
Your website and communication channels give the first impression, so make it a good one! It’s crucial to ensure your website and communications are inclusive and accessible for all users and go beyond simply complying with legislation. Our approach brings our lived-experience to the fore of any digital transformation journey. Our full communication review programme involves:
- A holistic analysis of technical accessibility, structure, font and typeface formatting, media, language and content
- Website Accessibility Audit – a rigorous technical assessment and assistive technology compliance review
- It follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
- Culminates in a fully accessible and digestible technical report
- Recommendations disseminated through bespoke and interactive Website & Communications Review Workshops
Everyone learns and works differently, and it’s this richness in diversity that brings value to your organisation and our society. We can anticipate that a huge percentage of workforces will have learning differences and removing barriers to accessing support will take leaps and bounds towards an authentically inclusive and safe working space. When talking about (assistive) technology, we can move away from the notion that it only benefits ‘disabled’ individuals – technology is ubiquitous and we all use it in our day to day lives. We can ‘normalise difference’ and in doing so welcome diversity form the
outset. An Inclusive Technology review programme involves:
- Audit of current IT systems
- An investigation into more specific work areas and goals of staff the range of barriers being faced
- Recommendations report summarising recommendations for software to network organisation-wide
- Recommendations disseminated through bespoke and interactive Inclusive Technology workshops
- A programme of practical training on the various Inclusive Technologies
Enquire now for a free 30 minute consultation call:
Select and complete the relevant short enquiry form below so we can understand which programmes you are interested in and a little more about your organisation and needs – we will then be in touch within two working days to arrange a free consultation call with one of our training partners. A proposal along with costs will then be provided for your consideration.
Programmes 1 to 9 are delivered in partnership with Charlotte Sweeney Associates and Diversity Marketplace. Please click the button below to enquire.
Programmes 10 to 12 are delivered in partnership with Diversity and Ability.
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Individual D&I leader training and personal development
We also run the successful CPD Accredited ‘Foundations to Being an Effective D&I Leader’ one-day training workshop series throughout the year. Level 1 has been designed for professionals looking to move into a D&I role, or those who have been in a D&I leader role for less than 12 months. Level 2 has been designed for professionals who have been in a D&I role for between 1 to 3 years, and are looking to enhance their knowledge and skills. Both offer a unique opportunity to learn directly from three experienced D&I practitioners – Gamiel Yafai; Fiona Daniel and Toby Mildon. Click here to find out more details.
More about our fantastic programme delivery partners:
Charlotte Sweeney Associates
Charlotte Sweeney Associates is an inclusion, diversity and equality consultancy, dedicated to getting things done. Less talk, more action. From data analysis and D&I strategy to coaching teams and business leaders, our purpose is to enable practical and sustainable solutions that improve the effectiveness of employees. Since 2012, we’ve been busy leading change from the inside in businesses and organisations, both in the UK and across the world. We’ve worked in partnership with hundreds of companies, we’ve hosted heaps of events, forums and seminars, published numerous reports – as well as a bestselling D&I book that has been shortlisted by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the Management Book of the Year.
Diversity Marketplace demystifies diversity and offers practical solutions towards Inclusion. We help you grow a thriving diversity culture and add value to your business. Just like people, organisations are all different, and so our solutions can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances, challenges, and goals. Think of your workforce as a garden – it needs nurturing and supporting if it’s to grow to its full potential. Using our unique range of products and services, you’ll be able to implement a diversity strategy to be proud of – one that really works. Since our inception in 2005, we have been helping clients diagnose their challenges around Diversity and Inclusion and provide solutions to suit their individual needs.
Diversity and Ability
Diversity and Ability is an award-winning disabled-led social enterprise paving the way for a future where everyone is welcomed and included. We help organisations to achieve positive culture shifts, where disability inclusion and accessibility are woven into the fabric of work environments. Drawing on our lived and shared experiences, we will deliver the support, training and change that enables everyone and embraces diversity. We foster a bright future where difference is celebrated for the immense benefits it can bring. We provide employers with strategic and leadership support, consultancy, one-to-one and group training, Assistive Technology training, strategy coaching and mental health mentoring.
Global Benchmarking Report 2022/23
In our landmark 2022/23 survey report, 331 D&I leaders from 27 countries reveal how the function is perceived and rewarded, the need for leadership buy-in and career progression, and priorities for this year.Download free report