Mapping the workplace

Mapping the workplace

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

Number of staff 35 8am–5pm, 10 5–9pm
Breakdown of staff in days 22 women (Indian and Pakistani), 13 men (all White British)
Breakdown of staff (evenings) 10 women (5 East European, 5 Black Caribbean)
Union organisation/members Days: 18 (15 Indian and Pakistani women, 3 White British men), Evenings: 2 Black Caribbean members
1 day shift steward, white, male British; 1 day shift H&S rep, white, male British
Union training Not known

From Organise 2, a TUC Education workbook

The union learning rep (ULR( plays a pivotal role in getting learning going in the workplace.

ULR Equality and Diversity Checklist

  • Have I mapped the workplace?
  • What are some of 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, 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.