Bespoke Training

We provide bespoke training for staff at every level of your organisation. Our training workshops are tailored to clients’ needs and desired learning outcomes. All workshops can be delivered over zoom or in person depending on public health requirements: participants receive a zoom link and prework before the training session. Our training is reflective so each participant will gain insights relevant to their specific workplace needs.

As well as bespoke training sessions, we provide specialised workshops tailored for higher education lecturers and boards of management.

1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This workshop consists of three standalone sessions, and provides a thorough understanding of management for diversity.

i) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Introduction):
This introductory session is aimed at participants that want to integrate the ideas and practice of diversity, equity and inclusion into the day-to-day managerial and learning processes of their organisation and its environment and take decisions in an atmosphere of respect, trust and acceptance.

ii) Managing Diversity and Inclusion (Attraction-Selection-Attrition):
This goal of this session is to help HR, Supervisors, Managers and Leaders better understand the challenges of diversity and how these challenges materialise within an organisation. The session also explains which individuals are likely to be attracted to your organisation, who is likely to get a job offer and who is likely to resign from your organisation. The attraction-selection-attrition framework will help participants to understand how to better support diversity.

iii) Managing Diversity and Inclusion (Embedding Inclusion):
This session aims to help organisations get ready for change. It outlines how organisations can begin to create more inclusive workplaces so that diversity efforts can be met with less resistance and more support. This session will also highlight how the framework of Lewin’s change theory, unfreezing-change-refreezing, can help create more inclusive organisations.

3. Allyship – The Future of Workplace Diversity

This workshop teaches simple everyday techniques participants can use to make their workplace more inclusive. This workshop teaches people how to recognize when they have power and influence—when they can best act as an ally—and how to take effective action to make their workplace better. Participants learn ally skills by practicing them in discussion groups and set a specific goal for their future ally work.

Participants will:
• Understand the concept of allyship in the workplace
• Recognise how allyship ties into diversity and inclusion at work
• Identify own power, privilege, and influence
• Learn strategies on how to become an effective ally

5. Building Cultural Competence

Using a self-assessment as the starting point, this workshop will help participants better understand the importance of cultural competence as well as practical techniques for communicating between cultures so that the unique and diverse needs of a population are met.
Participants Will:
• Learn about the meaning and stages of cultural competency
• Learn why cultural competency matters
• Explore how culture influences behaviour and impacts service delivery
• Develop practical cultural competency strategies for individuals and organisations


7. Inclusive Leadership: Leading with Effective Communication

All too often, we struggle to communicate effectively—particularly with others who are different from us in some way. This course will show you how the most effective communication utilizes the inclusive leadership mindset of empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility and guide you on how to use that mindset yourself.
As part of the course, you will be encouraged to create a plan of action to help apply the strategies learned in this course to your work and other parts of your life.

Participants Will:
• Engage with a range of approaches, frameworks, and tools for communicating effectively
• Understand that inclusive leadership and effective communication are intertwined
• Learn to work through everyday communication roadblocks
• Learn strategies to create space for transparent and authentic communication, where people across differences feel safe to speak up and share ideas


2. Racial equity and inclusion in the workplace

This interactive workshop aims to develop the capacity of participants to better understand and challenge racial inequities in the workplace. Participants will recognise the dimensions of racism as the data shows in Ireland and what it means to be anti-racist. They will be able to identify and correct previously unrecognized racist patterns which could negatively impact on workplace diversity and inclusion efforts. Participants will also have a clearer understanding of how institutions and systems are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes,

Participants will:
• Understand the dimensions of racism and their impact in the workplace
• Develop competence and language to facilitate discussions about racism in the workplace
• Understand how whiteness as a power relation functions
• Identify strategies for managers, HR, Leaders, and staff to embed racial equity and inclusion in the workplace

4. Unconscious Bias: From Awareness to Action

The workshop explores unconscious bias in the workplace and the actions participants can take to lessen its impact in the workplace. Understanding how to handle unconscious bias is a critical leadership skill for today’s professionals. And when we talk about leadership, we don’t just mean the people at the top of an organization or the people with management responsibilities. We mean that everyone can develop great leadership skills and play a role in creating an inclusive culture.
Participants will:
• Understand what unconscious bias is and what it looks like in the workplace.
• Understand how bias leads to prejudice, and stereotyping and discrimination
• Recognize the business impact of unconscious bias – from recruitment to job progression and marketing
• Identify positive habits that interrupt unconscious bias

6. Building Inclusive Teams (For Managers & Supervisors)

Building inclusive teams provides all managers with ways to build an inclusive working environment by providing tools to help foster inclusive behaviours. More specifically, it is a training program designed for managers and supervisors geared to developing and incorporating key leadership diversity and inclusion skills involving interviewing, delegating, communicating, providing feedback, and conducting meetings.

Participants Will:
• Understand diversity & inclusion as a business imperative
• Explore the role of leaders role in leveraging diversity and inclusion and the key competencies required for leading a diverse team
• Learn to recognise inclusive behaviours and how they enhance business objectives
• Develop leadership skills that support an inclusive workplace

8. Conducting Inclusive Recruitment

This workshop is designed to assist both employers and HR managers looking to improve their processes around recruiting diverse candidates and growing the talent within their organisation.
Participants Will:
• Understand the ethical & business case for inclusive recruitment
• Learn the importance of engaging diverse recruitment partners & panelists
• Learn about inclusive advertising
• Address unconscious bias at recruitment stage
• Learn skills to conduct culturally sensitive interviews

9. Building Collaborative Workplace Cultures

Using personalized insights of DiSC® assessment to discover workplace style, this course aims to engage every employee—regardless of title or position, department, or function—in building more productive and effective relationships at work. Combining facilitated virtual training with online pre-work and follow-up tools, participants gain a personalized learning experience to help them understand and appreciate the different priorities, preferences, and values each individual brings to the workplace, and how they can learn to adapt to the style of others. The result is a more engaged, collaborative culture that improves the overall quality of the workplace.
Participants Will:

• Discover your workplace style for deepened self-understanding
• Gain insights into and appreciation for other work styles
• Learn how to adapt to others to help build better workplace relationships
• Have access to real-time tips for more effective interactions with colleagues
• Build the foundation for future social and emotional skills

Please note that this workshop requires participants to take personalized assessments before commencement to discover their DiSC® style. The workshop runs for 3 days x 1.5hrs/day.

Targeted Training Workshops

Through our work, certain groups have shown themselves to be especially open to dedicated diversity inclusion training. We have developed these workshops with specific occupations and positions in mind.

Anti-Racism and Inclusive Education Workshop for Lecturers

This workshop aims to develop lecturers’ ability to tackle racism in the classroom and create inclusive learning environments where every student can thrive. Participants are empowered with skills to identify and correct previously unrecognised patterns which could negatively impact inclusion efforts. With shared language and a clearer understanding of how various dimensions of racism are producing unjust and inequitable outcomes for students, lectureres will be better equipped to become anti-racist educators.
Participants will:
• Understand the four dimensions of racism (historical, structural, institutional and individual)
• Develop competence and language to facilitate discussions about racism in the classroom
• Understand how whiteness as a power relation functions
• Learn how to be anti-racist educator

Diversity and Inclusion Awareness for Boards

One of the most effective ways to enhance governance is through board diversity. This workshop aims to help board members integrate the ideas and practice of diversity and inclusion into their oversight responsibilities within their organization. The session also identifies inclusive leadership traits board members can model in all of their daily interactions and behaviours, both inside and outside of the boardroom. Participants will also explore how to mitigate individual or organisational biases that can interfere with reaching diversity and inclusion goals.

Participants will:
– Understand the role they play in influencing diversity and inclusion
– Recognise how biases show up in the boardroom, both in themselves and in others and how to avoid them
– Increase their capacity to practice inclusivity in areas with diversity and inclusion implications such as governance, strategy, succession planning, performance and talent
– Advocate for an inclusive organisational culture and hold management accountable in promoting a pipeline of inclusive leaders

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