Objective 1. Development of a new web-based interactive model of diversity management for employers
The CREATE web site is live and demonstrates our models of best practice in diversity management and positive action. See www.bath.ac.uk/managediversity/index.shtml.
Objective 2. Development of intermediary services
Work carried out by partners Exodus, City Wide Learning, Easton Learning Zone and The Bridge Foundation has supported 261 trainees in English language training, computing skills and counselling services.
Objective 3. New developments for positive action training
To date Ceed has recruited 58 trainees, who are all already on placement. PATH West Midlands has recruited 58 trainees, and Easton Learning Centre has provided placements for 29 trainees.
Objective 4. Empowerment of beneficiaries
The new assessment system for beneficiaries evaluates distance travelled and the development of soft skills. Partnership managers are currently using the ‘Rickter’ scale and the ‘Soft Outcomes’ tool to make these assessments. The positive action trainee forum has also continued to provide a strong basis for support and empowerment to the trainees. A series of guest speakers have provided motivation and inspiration.
Objective 5. Research and Dissemination
Research into the effectiveness of the Rickter and Soft Outcomes tools continues, as trainees have yet to complete their traineeships. The final analysis will be disseminated to partners. We have designed and distributed postcards, brochures and fliers illustrating the web site and the two models. These have been given to stakeholders and interested organisations. Other methods of disseminating good practice have been seminars for organizations in Swindon, Bristol and Plymouth. With the help of our strategic partners RfO and Black South West Network we have presented the models to appreciative audiences.