Equalities Consultation Pop-Up Tour

31 March 2014

NIACE visited staff at all levels at education and training providers across the country, to find out how the Education and Training Foundation can effectively embed equality and diversity in everything it does to support sector workforce development.

The Equalities Consultation Pop-Up Tour took direct invitations from providers, who were also encouraged to check the online map of the tour so they could visit it when it was in their area. Debates on equality and diversity issues affecting the sector also took place in Gateshead and London.

The Pop-Up Tour was interested in the views of education and training providers on the following areas:

  • What an embedded approach to equality and diversity would look like in each of the four priority areas – leadership, management and governance; maths and English; vocational education; and research.
  • What the Foundation should do to ensure that workforce development opportunities in education and training are fair.
  • Personal ideas and insights drawn from experience that can inform the Foundation’s approach.
  • How the Foundation will be able to tell if it’s getting ‘embedding’ right.
  • How the education and training workforce and learners will know if they are getting it right.
  • How the Foundation’s approach can help embed equality and diversity in meaningful ways in the workforce and in learning.
  • How it will be different in the future.

Catina Barrett, NIACE Programme Manager for Equalities at NIACE, said:

“Equality and empowerment underpin everything that NIACE works for. That’s why we are delighted to be working with the Education and Training Foundation to fully embed equality and diversity across the sector. This tour and the debates are a great opportunity for you to tell us – and the Foundation – what does and doesn’t work, as well what needs to happen to influence the future and ensure effective equality and diversity is embedded throughout the system.”

“NIACE is also pleased to be working with a broad range of equalities networks, groups and providers, to consult with the sector in all its’ diversity and locations around the country.”

The Equalities Consultation Pop-Up Tour was been organised on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation by NIACE, in collaboration with other sector-led equalities networks, groups and providers. These include City College Plymouth, the Council of Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education, Equalities North East, FE Providers’ Network, Forum for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Heart of Deafness, Network for Black and Asian Professionals, Signature, Teach Different, VIBE, and Women’s Leadership Network.