Thanks to funding secured by the ASLEF Education project, for the first time the union offered structured equalities training provided by an external TUC accredited tutor. This was delivered in the form of 2 one-day sessions for which some delegates were granted paid release from their companies, but many attended in their own time.
The first day of the training covered understanding the role of a branch equality rep; discrimination and the law, and The Equality Act 2010. The second day of the training went through challenging banter and negativity; case law, and policies and agreements.
The first course was attended by 16 people and the second by 15, most of whom held the positions of branch equality rep or ULR within the union. The feedback for the training was very positive with attendees particularly praising the sections on The Equality Act and challenging banter.