Race Equality Training in Public Sector Organisations in the West of Scotland (December 2009)
Report uncovers a wide variety in race equality training in the public sector in the West of Scotland
There is no uniformity in race equality training that public sector organisations in the West of Scotland deliver to their employees, according to a new report launched by the West of Scotland Regional Equality Council.
The findings of the report, Race Equality Training in Public Sector Organisations in the West of Scotland, show that all organisations in the interview sample deliver anti-racist training to their employees. However, there are considerable differences between organisations.
These differences relate to:
· the type of race equality training (such as training according to national standards in individual sectors as opposed training in response to employee demand),
· quantity of training,
· degree of focus on race as opposed to wider equality,
· decisions about training within the organisation,
· form of delivery,
· goals (awareness raising; attitude change; change of behaviour; or organisational change), and
· methods for evaluating the effectiveness of training.
Given such a wide range of approaches, the benefits for trainees and for organisations are not always clear. The report suggests that more research is needed to find out what works and what does not when it comes to effective race equality training.
The report also considers that an accreditation scheme for race equality training would have its advantages, although the identified differences in the way organisations deliver race equality training might create difficulties in the development of such a scheme.
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