Currently, employee training is often seen as gender neutral. The thinking is that if we ignore sex and gender, and treat everybody the same, a training is gender equitable and inclusive.
Typical examples of the employee training programmes that are referred to are:
- sales training
- marketing training
- communication training
- management training
However, extensive academic research, including my own, highlights the many ways in which sex/gender impacts training and training outcome.
Ignoring sex/gender means that training may not only maintain, but also create sex/gender inequity.
To ensure training is gender inclusive and equitable:
- a gender-neutral approach to training is not good enough
- the role of sex/gender in training and learning needs to be recognized and addressed
- gender sensitive training approaches are required
How to do this? Please have a look at the tools on this website.
Doctoral Researcher, Open University UK
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