DIME – Local Training of Facilitators on Diversity Management
On Wednesday 21st September the local traning of facilitators on diversity management within the context of the DIME Project officially started.
The project “Diversity management and inclusive employment for ethnic minorities and migrants in SMEs and NGOs” (963161) was developed by a Consortium of four partners from different countries: K&C – SDRUDZENIE ZNAM I MOGA (Bulgaria); BCH – HELSINKI BUSINESS COLLEGE (Finland); MIR AKADEMIEN AB (Sweden) and CEIPES (Italy).
The DIME project individuates many goals such as raising awareness regarding discrimination in the labour market on the basis of ethnicity as well as showing the existing good practices for diversity management. The partners developed a specific methodology and training materials for employers of SMEs and NGOs in order to train them in diversity management. Even a free online platform, available in different languages, has been created. It contains theoretical and practical instruments to address the topic and develop a diversity management plan.
The agenda of the training dealt with many important issues:
- the causes of minorities social exclusion and difficulties to work integration,
- the current situation in Italy where a proper strategy to include minorities is still missing,
- the Italian legislation to prevent and punish discrimination at workplace and hate crimes,
- the notion of diversity, explaining cognitive mechanisms and biases underlying the perception of one as a different individual;
- diversity management, principles and practices. It was discussed the declension of the main diversity management models and the target groups they are addressed to such as cultural diversity management for migrants and refugees, age diversity management for both young and old employees, gender diversity management to promote gender balance and equality for LGBTQ+ community and disability diversity management for disable people in the work environment. Also, advantages and disadvantages of this perspective were fully shown.
At the end of the training there was even space for a brief brainstorming with the participants to share their point of view and questions on the topic.
The participants were recruited within CEIPES Employment Agency’s network and through a specific research mechanism to make sure that all of them might fully understand the project’s objectives and aims.
At the end of the training phase all the participants will receive a certificate of participation.