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Equal opportunities for women

Featured in the Valuing Diversity at Work training manual

By Ken Birkett & Val Rowland

Category: Diversity

Credit price: 3 download credits (Single user)

In October 1991 Opportunity 2000 was the first campaign in the UK aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of women’s employment opportunities. Employers were invited to sign up to the campaign for the competitive and performance advantages it would bring rather than for any social or moral reasons. Since then there has been much change in organisation culture, and over 25 per cent of the work force are employed in organisations that have joined Opportunity 2000. There has been improvement in the number of women in higher-level jobs, but there is still much to be done.

You begin this training activity by introducing the opportunity 2000 campaign and its objective. The participants then study the case of a woman who is seeking advancement, in an exercise relevant to the objective of opportunity 2000. The participants then consider the changes made in organisations that are members of opportunity 2000. They go on to examine a case of promotion jealousy, which leads in to a consideration of the ways to career success that the participants should be pursuing. Finally, you examine why opportunity 2000 was different from other initiatives to improve the gender balance of the workforce.

Who is it for: This training resource is intended for use by trainers to introduce the participants to the objective and benefits of the opportunity 2000 campaign and the means by which employment opportunities can improve.

Resource Type:Activity
Min Group Size:4
Max Group Size:12
Typical Duration:01:50:00
No of Pages:18

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Purpose: This training resource is intended for use by trainers as part of an equal opportunity programme and management training or career development programmes.

Download the training activity, Equal opportunities for women as featured in the Fenman training manual; Valuing Diversity at Work