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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

 
Employer Training Programme   Employer training sessions for January - March 2023

•  New webinars now available 
•  Convenient online sessions
•  FREE & can be credited to CPD


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Online Webinars

We are now be providing a number of training sessions as online webinars. These will focus on a number of important equality issues for employers and will expand to cover additional topics over the coming months.

Paul Oakes, Manager of the Equality Commission's Advisory Services Team said, "We are looking forward to delivering these new webinars which are aimed at both the private and public sectors. Equality considerations apply to employers of all sizes and it's important that they know their responsibilities and rights, to safeguard their business, staff and customers by complying with the law."


Please note: These webinars are based on Northern Ireland equality law and are therefore of relevance, primarily, to employers and service-providers who employ staff in Northern Ireland or who provide services there.

More and better jobs for disabled people in the Retail and Hospitality Sectors - NEW (inc. guest speakers)

MORE AND BETTER JOBS FOR DISABLED PEOPLE IN THE RETAIL AND HOSPITALITY SECTORS

This webinar, delivered in partnership with NI Union of Supported Employment, will raise awareness of how the hospitality and retail sector can employ more disabled people and the support available to help the sectors.

Webinar overview:

  • Reasonable adjustments in the recruitment process - Tim Hortons, Coleraine (Jordan’s experience) 
  • The recruitment and retention of people with disabilities - Helen Hamill, HR Manager, Newell Stores
  • Paul Oakes, Advisory Services Manager, Equality Commission NI
  • Action Plan for Reasonable adjustments in recruitment and positive action - Una Wilson, Equality Officer, Equality Commission NI


This will be followed by panel discussion and the support provided by Department for Communities, Triangle Housing, NI Union of Supported Employment, ECNI, Tim Hortons and Newell Stores.
 

  Law and best pratice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Thurs 9 Feb, 11am - 12:30pm
 
Online Webinar
 
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Making it work - Public procurement & social value - NEW (inc. guest speakers)

MAKING IT WORK - PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AND SOCIAL VALUE

This webinar, delivered in partnership with NI Union of Supported Employment, will raise awareness of the types of positive action measures and support available that will assist organisations to obtain government contracts.

Contributors will include:

  • Jeannie McCann, Strategic Investment Board
  • Ashleigh Robb and Helen Whiteside, The Recruitment Co.
  • Jude McVitty, Social Value Manager, Version 1
  • Michael Blair, Service Manager, Cedar Foundation
  • Martin Christian, pre-employment Participant
  • Leo Quinn, Department for Communities


The webinar will be concluded with a panel discussion about social value, adopting positive action measures and support available in Northern Ireland.

 

  Law and best pratice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Mon 20 Feb, 11am - 12:30pm
 
Online Webinar
 
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Embracing the Disability Discrimination Act – Holiday Accommodation in Northern Ireland - NEW

EMBRACING THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT - HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND

This Tourism NI webinar, delivered by Una Wilson from the Equality Commission, will address the barriers preventing people with disabilities from booking and staying in your holiday accommodation. The session, facilitated by Suzi McIlhatton, Accommodation Certification Manager with Tourism NI  will provide practical information and helpful tips on how to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.

Why should you attend?
An accessible business is one that is equally open to all potential customers, including the approximately 400,000 people in Northern Ireland who have a disability. Providing better access means that your business is more welcoming to everyone. Enabling customers with disabilities, carers and people of all ages to access your services which will widen your customer base. Every business has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that people with disabilities can access their services, but there are many other reasons why you should stop and consider how accessible your business currently is.

Who should attend?
The webinar is aimed at anyone working across the holiday accommodation sector. However, the content and learnings are highly transferable across the tourism sector, so everyone is very welcome to attend.

 

   
 
 
  DATE LOCATION LOCATION
 
Thurs 23 Feb, 11am - 12noon
 

Online Webinar
 

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Embracing the Disability Discrimination Act – Visitor attractions and experiences in Northern Ireland - NEW

EMBRACING THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT - VISITOR ATTRACTIONS AND EXPERIENCES IN NORTHERN IRELAND

This Tourism NI webinar, delivered by Una Wilson from the Equality Commission, will address the barriers preventing people with disabilities from booking and visiting your visitor attraction and experiences. The session will provide practical information and helpful techniques to help you to improve accessibility for people with disabilities and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. This webinar will be facilitated by Claire McNaughton who is a Senior Quality Advisor with Tourism NI. Claire has extensive experience within the visitor attraction sector in Northern Ireland and is currently developing a visitor experience quality scheme for attractions and experiences to enhance their product offerings and services.

Why should you attend?
An accessible business is one that is equally open to all potential customers, including the approximately 400,000 people in Northern Ireland who have a disability.  

Providing better access means that your business is more welcoming to everyone. Enabling customers with disabilities, carers and people of all ages to access your services which will widen your customer base.

Every business has a legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that people with disabilities can access their services, but there are many other reasons why you should stop and consider how accessible your business currently is..

Who should attend?
The webinar is aimed at anyone working across the holiday accommodation sector. However, the content and learnings are highly transferable across the tourism sector, so everyone is very welcome to attend.

 

   
 
 
  DATE LOCATION LOCATION
 
Thurs 30 Mar, 11am - 12noon
 

Online Webinar
 

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Introduction to understanding equality in the workplace

INTRODUCTION TO UNDERSTANDING EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE


Basic – for beginners in employment equality
This seminar is designed to give employers an awareness of the principal anti-discrimination laws and explores the concepts of direct and indirect discrimination.  It also looks at the particular requirements of Northern Ireland's fair employment legislation.

Webinar overview:

 

  • The role and function of the Equality Commission
  • Introduction to anti-discrimination legislation in NI
  • Definitions of discrimination
  • The reasonable adjustment duty
  • Fair Employment Treatment Order (FETO)
  • Good practice

Please note: We recommend this course first if you are new to equality. It provides an overview of anti-discrimination law which is beneficial before you undertake other sessions. 
 
  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
 

Tues 14 Feb, 11am - 12noon

 

Online Webinar

 

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Recruiting Fairly

RECRUITING FAIRLY 

Systematic, fair and objective recruitment and selection procedures increase the likelihood that the most suitable persons will be appointed and significantly reduce the possibility that unlawful discrimination will occur. This session looks in detail at the various aspects of the recruitment and selection process and aims to provide employers with practical guidance and support.

Session overview:

 

  • Recruitment and selection and the law
  • Developing an effective policy and procedure
  • Avoiding common mistakes
  • Practical examination of key aspects of the recruitment and selection process (including job documentation and reasonable adjustments)
  • Case law
  • Good practice
 
  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Tues 7 Feb, 11am - 12:30pm
 
Online Webinar
 

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How to develop a recruitment and selection policy

HOW TO DEVELOP AND/OR REVIEW A RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION POLICY 

This webinar is aimed at those employers who wish to develop a recruitment & selection policy or review your existing policy.

Session overview:
 

  • The need for an up to date recruitment & selection policy 
  • How to develop a recruitment & selection policy 
  • Equality Commission template policy

 

 
 
 
  DATE LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Thurs 16 Mar, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
       
 

How to develop and/or review your Equal Opportunities Policy

MAKING SURE YOUR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY IS CURRENT


This webinar will help employers develop, audit and review their Equal Opportunities Policy against the Equality Commission’s template Policy, to ensure the employer’s policy is both current and reflects emerging good practice. Employers without an equal opportunities policy, will be advised on how to develop such a policy.

Session overview:
 

  • Good practice advice for developing an Equal Opportunities policy
  • Key elements that a policy should include
  • How an Equal Opportunities policy should be implemented
  • The Equality Commission's template policy

 
   
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 
21 Feb, 11am - 11:45am
 

Online Webinar
 

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Promoting age equality: what can employers do?

PROMOTING AGE EQUALITY: WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO? 
 

This seminar is designed to give employers an awareness of age discrimination in the workplace and explores some of the key issues in relation to recruiting and retaining employees.

Webinar overview:
 

  • Scope of the legislation
  • Types of Discrimination
  • Objective Justification
  • Recruitment
  • Benefits based on length of service
  • Retirement
  • Redundancy
  • Good practice recommendations
     

 

 
 
  DATE TIME REGISTER
 
Thurs 9 Feb, 11am - 12noon

Online Webinar

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Managing flexible working in a post pandemic context

MANAGING FLEXIBLE WORKING IN A POST PANDEMIC CONTEXT

This webinar will examine the practice of flexible working in Northern Ireland and the challenges to ensure equality of opportunity with new working practices such as hybrid working and increasing requests for flexible working from employees.

Webinar overview:

 

  • What is meant by flexible working (hybrid working is one example)
  • Business benefits of adopting flexible working to attract talent from under- represented groups
  • Flexible working and its relationship with employment and equality law
  • Promoting good practice

 

  Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Thurs 23 Mar, 11am - 12noon
 
Online Webinar
 
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The disability reasonable adjustment duty in the recruitment and selection process

THE DISABILITY REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT DUTY IN THE RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION PROCESS
 

This webinar will examine the management of disability in the workplace with a particular emphasis on the reasonable adjustment duty and promotion of equality of opportunity for disabled applicants and employees. It is aimed at employers who already have a knowledge of the key provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995.


Webinar Overview

 

  • The requirements of the reasonable adjustment duty in the DDA
  • The importance of the duty to promoting equality in employment for disabled people
  • How to develop an action plan to facilitate compliance with the duty and promote good practice

 

 

  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 
Wed 22 Feb, 11am - 12noon

Online Webinar

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  Tues 28 Mar, 11am - 12noon
 
Online Webinar
 
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Promoting equality in employment for people with disabilities

PROMOTING EQUALITY IN EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

This webinar will examine how employers can promote equality and employment for disabled people with an emphasis on the reasonable adjustment duty.

Webinar overview:
 

  • Barriers to recruitment and retention of those with disabilities
  • Effective strategies to reduce and minimise these barriers
  • Types of discrimination
  • The reasonable adjustment duty
  • Reasonable adjustment examples
  • Positive action
     
  Law and best pratice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Thurs 23 Feb, 11am - 12noon
 
Online Webinar
 
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Promoting equality in employment for women affected by the menopause

PROMOTING EQUALITY IN EMPLOYMENT FOR WOMEN AFFECTED BY MENOPAUSE

This webinar is being hosted by the Labour Relations Agency, ICTU and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland to introduce you to our new guide on Promoting Equality in Employment for Women Affected by Menopause. In this webinar we will:
 

  • Introduce the guidance and outline the findings of the ICTU survey on menopause and work
  • Outline steps that employers should take to fairly manage women experiencing symptoms of menopause
  • Set out the equality law implications in Northern Ireland and lessons from case law

 
 
 
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Tues 28 Feb, 11am - 12:30pm
 
Online Webinar
 
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Race equality in the workplace

RACE EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE
- Delivered by Business in the Community and the Equality Commission NI
 

  Managing your staff
 
 
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RACE AT WORK - WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?
Tues 14 Mar 2023, 10am - 11:30am

This workshop will discuss, promote and celebrate action plans for addressing race in the workplace and will be delivered by Stephany McConnell Head of Wellbeing & Inclusion at Business in the Community, and Paul Oakes, Manager, Advisory Services Team, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

 





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Reasonable steps defence

REASONABLE STEPS DEFENCE

This webinar is designed to give participants an understanding of the statutory defence that they have taken all reasonable steps to prevent acts of unlawful discrimination in their workplace.


Session overview:

 

  • Overview of the reasonable steps defence in practice
  • Discussion of the key tools which may be used to promote equality of opportunity and a good and harmonious working environment
  • An examination of the concept vicarious liability
  • Examples of good practice

 

 
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION  
       
  Fri 17 Feb, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 21 Mar, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
       
 

Equal opportunities monitoring

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES MONITORING

This webinar is for those employers wishing to develop voluntary systems of employment equality monitoring.

Session overview:
 

  • The reasons for employment equality monitoring 
  • How to establish a system of employment equality monitoring 
  • Equality Commission guidance on employment equality monitoring

 
Law and best practice  
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Thurs 16 Mar, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
       
       
       
 

Fair employment monitoring workshops

MONITORING WORKSHOPS

These sessions will advise employers on how to comply with their legislative duty to collate and retain monitoring information for inclusion in the annual monitoring return.

Session overview:
 

  • Discuss completion of the annual monitoring return
  • Address employer queries


Workshops are limited to 16 places, book now to avoid disappointment.
 

Law and best practice  
 
 
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  Tues 7 Feb, 9:30am - 11:45am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 21 Feb, 9:30am - 11:45am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 7 Mar, 9:30am - 11:45am
Tues 21 Mar, 9:30am - 11:45am
Tues 4 April, 9:30am - 11:45am
Tues 18 April, 9:30am - 11:45am
 
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Article 55 Review - Key aspects

ARTICLE 55 REVIEW - KEY ASPECTS

To provide support around completion of the three yearly, Article 55 Review, we are offering an overview of some key aspects of the review and the opportunity for you to ask questions relating to the review process.
 

Law and best practice  
 
 

It is intended that we will cover the analysis and evaluation of:

Session overview:

 

  • Fair Participation as an underpinning theme running throughout the review process
  • Identification of geographical catchment areas for your organisation and related comparator ranges. These are key to the assessment of fair participation and as benchmarking tools, help the analysis and evaluation of the following points
  • Workforce Composition
  • Workforce Flows
     

These aspects of the review are interlinked.
 
Our expectation is that you may be working towards completing an Article 55 Review for your organisation. That being the case, we hope you will be in a position to identify questions arising from your initial work on your review. Please have these questions to hand and we will address them during the meeting or shortly after.

Please note, the time allocated for this webinar is approximate. Workshops are limited to 16 places, book now to avoid disappointment.

 
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  Tues 14 February, 9:30am - 11:30am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 14 March, 9:30am - 11:30am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 11 April, 9:30am - 11:30am Online webinar BOOK NOW
       
 

Public Sector: Equality screening - training video

PUBLIC SECTOR: EQUALITY SCREENING - TRAINING VIDEO


Section 75 is the law, and it's good governance – public authorities must consider equality and good relations when revising and developing all their policies. Screening is one of the key tools to enable public authorities to fulfil their statutory obligations and mainstream these duties into policy development.

To assist with this process, the Equality Commission has produced a Training Video on Equality Screening for those who have responsibility for developing or reviewing policies. Download the script (pdf).

We would be grateful if you would share this with your policy colleagues and hope that they will find it a useful resource to refresh on the key aspects of equality screening when they are developing or reviewing policies. If, after watching the video, there are areas you would like to discuss, please get in touch. We're also interested in any feedback you or your colleagues have on this resource. Email us at enquiries@equalityni.org
 
 

We are also now providing training for local councils


QUESTIONS?
Please contact the employer training team on 028 90 890 888 or email training@equalityni.org
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