Mapping the workplace for equality and diversity

Union learning reps (ULRs) plays a pivotal role in getting learning going in the workplace. Equality and diversity mapping for the workplace is a useful place to start.

'Organise! A TUC Education Workbook' includes a detailed guide to mapping the workplace.

Mapping the workplace - an example

The table below is an example map of a production department. This model could be used to help identify potential learning issues.

Number of staff Tip: consider part-time workers and shift workers
Example: 35 staff 8am–5pm, 10 staff 5–9pm
Breakdown of staff (days) Tip: consider demographics such as gender, ethnicity, disability and age
Example: 22 women (10 Indian, 12 Pakistani), 13 men (all White British, 1 with a disability)
Breakdown of staff (evenings) Example: 10 women (5 White East European, 5 Black Caribbean)
Union members Example:
Days: 18 (9 Indian women, 6 Pakistani women, 3 White British men)
Evenings: 2 (all Black Caribbean women)
1 day shift steward (White British man)
1 day shift H&S rep (Indian woman)
Union training Not known

Adapted from Organise 2, a TUC Education workbook

ULR Equality and Diversity Checklist

The checklist below is designed to help ULRs identify and support learning issues related to equality and diversity in the workplace.

  • Have I mapped the workplace?
  • What are the potential barriers/equality issues for different groups within the workplace?
  • How do I come across as a ULR to potential learners?
  • Is our ULR team representative of the workforce?
  • Do I have enough awareness around equality issues?
  • Do I have enough awareness around learning issues such as dyslexia, visual or hearing impairment, and learning disabilities?
  • Is the information we produce accessible for all?
  • Is the learning environment suitable for all?
  • Is timing, cost, levels, range or style of provision an issue for anyone?
  • Am I recording information so I can monitor take-up in the workplace?
  • Do I need further training?

If you have answered the questions and feel you need some more advice then contact your union’s learning project worker/ organiser or unionlearn in your region.