Case Study - Staff Training and Development

Training is a valuable tool in raising awareness of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) issues in the workplace, and should be aimed at all staff. Successful training will equip staff to foster an inclusive working environment and reinforce the message that they do
not need to tolerate discrimination of any kind.

In a highly competitive labour market, employers must understand the needs of their staff and deliver appropriate training to enable them to create a workplace culture that celebrates difference. Tate’s comprehensive Learning and Development programme helps ensure that employees receive training relevant to their role within the organisation, inspiring them to act as positive role models for all colleagues.

Tate Manager, Tate’s flagship module for people managers, has a speci!c stream that tackles issues relating to sexual orientation in the workplace as part of a wider diversity and inclusion agenda for managers. The Diversity Master Class, aimed at Directors and senior leaders, deals with strategic goals relating to diversity and inclusion and outlines the importance of embracing difference. New starters are encouraged to attend drop-in sessions with the Employee Networks, including the LGBT network, to understand the support they can offer and to explore opportunities to contribute. To ensure that
every employee has a good understanding of Tate’s values, the Dignity and Respect module is mandatory for all employees, regardless of pay or grade, and includes speci!c
examples that deal with inappropriate language, stereotypes, assumptions and policy.

In addition to targeted training, Tate hosts Skills for the Future, a workforce development programme aimed at reaching candidates from backgrounds under-represented in Tate’s workforce. The team has been working with an occupational psychologist to develop a recruitment and selection training programme for managers. With explicit references to sexual orientation, this training has helped increase diversity in Tate’s workforce by recruiting people with potential who will benefit from the opportunity and who would not usually consider a career in the arts sector.