Show Racism the Red Card delivered anti-racism training to Unison modern apprentices on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November at the request of Stephen Smellie, Branch Secretary for Unison South Lanarkshire. This is the second year we have delivered training to modern apprentices for Unison South Lanarkshire.
The course was designed to identify what racism is and the impacts it can have on people. It considered use of language and appropriate strategies for challenging racism in the workplace.
The aims of the course were:
• What are the barriers to promoting equality and tackling racism?
• What does the law say?
• What’s racist and what’s not?
• How do we respond/how should we respond?
In a pre workshop questionnaire we asked the participants the following:
1. Have you ever participated in a course on anti-racism or similar themes?
59% had not taken part in any training
41% had taken part
2. We asked the participants how confident they would feel promoting equality and tackling racism within their work environment on a scale of 1 – 5 with 1 being not confident and 5 being very confident.
41% answered that they would be confident
59% answered that they would be very confident.
We asked the following questions in a post workshop questionnaire:
How did this event meet your expectations?
52% said the course exceeded their expectations.
48% said that the course fully met their expectations.
We asked participants how effective they found each part of the day on a scale of excellent, very good, good, poor, very poor.
Understanding the barriers to promoting equality and tackling racism – 86% excellent, 14% very good
What does the law say? - 80% excellent, 20% very good
What is racist and not racist? – 77% excellent, 23% very good
Terminology – 77% excellent, 23% very good
How do we respond/should we respond – 70% excellent, 30% very good
We asked the participants what they found most useful about the workshop? Below is a sample of their responses:
“Group discussions were useful to understand others points of view”
“Last activity, acceptable, unacceptable and caution”
“To know what is racist and what to do in a working environment”
“Learning about how to approach different situations, learning about how easy it is to stereotype people”
“Doing the team tasks as it expanded my knowledge”
“How to proceed if I hear/see offensive language/actions”
“The feedback and explaining why things weren’t acceptable”
“The amount of material/topics that was discussed”
What did you find most challenging?
“First activity to match procures to words because a lot of times we judge by the appearance but they could be the opposite”
“The task to put a picture to a name”
“Figuring out how to put faces to types of people in the first matching task”
“Trying to decide what terminology is unacceptable or should proceed with caution”
“The stereotype challenge”
Further comments/suggestions for improvement:
“Course better than I expected and different to what I expected”
“The course was well delivered by Chris and Derek”
“Well laid out course with lots of important discussions”
“I found the training and its content very useful”