Business Training and Development

Equate Scotland has over twelve years of experience in promoting gender equality and developing inclusive cultures in STEM sectors across Scotland. We work with small and medium size employers, large companies, multinational companies as well as representative bodies. We know businesses often select training partners through word of mouth and our previous clients repeatedly tell us they really value our high quality and flexible training and consultancy.

Knowing where to start with gender equality activities can be difficult, as can scaling up equality efforts to create genuine culture change. With our expertise, we can support you to develop learning and capacity no matter where you are on your gender equality journey. Whether you are coming to equality, diversity and inclusion work through consideration of skills shortages, retention issues or the desire create an inclusive culture and enhance productivity – we are here to support your organisation.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Data, diagnostics & evaluation
  • Strategy & leadership
  • Talent attraction
  • Talent retention & development
  • Cultural change & transformation
  • Business growth & productivity

Get in touch with us to discuss how we can help.

Our expert consultants will work with you to identify your organisational needs and to deliver bespoke training and support, specifically tailored to your company.  We can offer half-day workshops, one-day courses or longer programmes.

Our Training Ethos

All of our workshops are interactive in style. We want every course we run to have an impact in the organisation, not just on the training day itself. Our training goes beyond basic awareness raising which often has little impact, we believe training is an opportunity to discuss complex issues, ask challenging questions and action plan.

Training should be seen as only one part of a multi-intervention approach towards culture change which includes; inclusive workplace policies, an organisational strategy, robust reporting mechanisms, inclusive and transparent processes in recruitment and promotion and evidence-based outreach efforts. 

Feedback is as important to us as it is to you, as such, we will finish development sessions with feedback from participants and recommendations of next steps for your organisation to embed real change in practice, policy and culture.

All of our work related to unconscious bias is built upon evidence of what works, we have embedded many of the recommendations from the Equality and Human Rights Commission review to ensure our work makes the difference we hope.

Get in touch with us to discuss how we can help.

Our training workshops:

  • Getting Started on Gender Equality

    This session is for organisations who are starting to take action on equality and inclusiveness

    in the workplace. It covers the legislative issues, national strategies and appropriate next steps

  • Skills to Mitigate Bias

    This session develops capacity in understanding prejudice and bias, the consequences it can have on

    decision making, and crucially, develops strategic steps which can be taken to mitigate bias within

    processes, systems and workplace culture. The training is built on evidence and goes beyond simplistic

    awareness raising.

  • Equality and Diversity for Managers

    This session provides managers with necessary skills to support staff through an equality and

    diversity lens. It provides practical steps as well challenging “one size fits all” attitudes which can

    embed inequality

  • Taking Positive Action

    This session provides an overview of the legality behind positive action measures, why they are

    necessary, good practice examples to implement in the workplace and how to make effective change.

  • Inclusive language and Recruitment

    Using the expertise from our Careerhub, this session reviews how inclusive language in job

    descriptions, advertising and marketing can attract more diverse applicants, as well as how

    recruitment processes can be improved to tackle bias. The session provides practical steps forward.

  • Embedding Culture Change

    This session focuses on how whole organisation culture change can be achieved. We consider

    how equality and inclusion can be sustained at all levels of an organisation, how it can become

    part of the every day fabric and create an action plan to take forward. (This is for organisations

    who have already taken some action on gender equality).

  • Inclusive Mentoring

    The session is for organisations looking to establish a mentoring programme as part of their equality,

    diversity and inclusion activities. It ensures mentors are gender aware, understand how bias can impact

    workplace retention and the mentoring process and leave feeling confident in their mentoring role.