Ministry of Defence: Training

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 7th September 2020.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff in his Department have undertaken unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The requested information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Unconscious Bias training is a mandatory requirement for all Ministry of Defence (MOD) civilian employees and is integrated into Civil Service Learning's Diversity and Inclusion 2019 on-line course, with refresher training undertaken every two years. Furthermore, the MOD is exploring the possibility of making the Active Bystander Fundamentals course a mandatory training requirement to give staff the skills with which to tackle discrimination in the workplace.

The MOD is fully committed to creating an inclusive environment for all and to be truly identified as a 'Force for Inclusion'. The Joint Service Publication (JSP) 763 (Bullying and Harassment Complaints Procedures) has been revised to align with the Defence Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2018, providing an increased focus on promoting an inclusive culture in the workplace.

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