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Diversity in the Training room


I have been tasked to write guidance notes and possibly a policy for our trainers to explain how we would like to see them ensure diversity in the classroom. If i was to ask this question to a trainer "What things do you do to show and ensure diversity within your classroom" what would the likely answers be?

3 Responses

  1. Inclusion and exclusion in the training room
    Hi Paddy

    I don’t know of any resources specifically from a training perspective but a there are a lot of resources for exclusion and inclusion in teaching adults in higher education, which probably overlaps with employee training and development.

    For example, see the Diversity Toolkit at

    From there, click on Resources for Multicultural Teaching and Learning which takes you to From there you can access individual sites that address inclusion and exclusion in teaching, e.g.,

    Regarding questioning a trainer on “What things do you do to show and ensure diversity within your classroom”, possible answers can be found at

    Hope that helps.

  2. Diversity in Training Room
    I know a brilliant man who really knows about this. He produces equality and diversity proofers.Quite sure he would give you lots of free advice. Contact David at [email protected]

    And look at the Adult Learning Inspectorate materials around this theme. I recall too that Fenman produce a facility but you have to buy their goods



  3. A few ideas
    Some quick thoughts on this for you:

    I think this happens in 3 parts: before the session, at beginning of the session and during it.

    Before session: make sure you get information about any access needs people may have (eg. mobility, visual/hearing impairments) and what adjustments they would like you to make.

    Beginning of session: agree ground rules/acceptable behaviour and encourage people to let you know if there is anything you can do to make workshop fully accessible.

    During session: monitor & maintain this taking the initiative to challenge behaviour or respond to learner’s needs.

    You may also want to monitor who attends training sessions (age/gender/disability/race) and see how this matches the workforce.


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