Department for Work and Pensions: Training

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Department spent on unconscious bias training in each of the last five years.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Much of the Unconscious Bias training undertaken in DWP is by E Learning and therefore is cost neutral. The number of people to have undertaken Unconscious Bias E Learning over the last five years is as follows

2016 - 6835

2017 - 12359

2018 - 14121

2019 - 17354

2020 - 6051

In addition, there is a face-to-face Unconscious Bias course which employees can attend. We hold no centralised records for courses that were held for 2016 and 2017. In 2018 384 people completed that learning at a cost of £60,000 and in 2019 336 people completed the learning at a cost of £52,500. Due to Covid no one has attended a face to face event in 2020.

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