Equality & Diversity Online Training

Making employment decisions or treating people differently based on stereotypes isn't just bad for business, it's illegal.

In 2010, the UK Government passed the Equality Act, which provides protection against various types of discrimination in respect of nine key characteristics.

Our Equality & Diversity Online Training Course helps your employees prevent discrimination and harassment across activities from recruitment and training to promotion.

For those in leadership, we have a companion course entitled Equality & Diversity Training for Managers.

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Equality & Diversity Online Training Course

About this Course

Available as part of our Compliance Essentials Library.

Learning Objectives

This course will prepare your employees to:

  • Appreciate the value of diversity
  • Know which characteristics are protected and the discrimination types defined by the Equality Act
  • Understand what harassment is and how it can arise in the workplace
  • Recognise their responsibility to prevent discrimination and harassment
  • Avoid discriminating/harassing behaviour in the workplace

New in 2021

  • Full design review by an equality expert
  • Text & image updates throughout the course
  • New pages, activities & scenarios
  • Illustrative news story added
  • Updated scenarios & learning activities
  • New post-course assessment

Course outline


Stereotyping & Unconscious Bias

The Value of Diversity

The Equality Act 2010

The Nine Protected Characteristics

Types of Discrimination

- Direct discrimination
- Indirect discrimination



- You make the call: Is it discrimination

The Three Characteristics of Harassment

- You make the call: Is it harassment?

Standards of Conduct

- You make the call: Standards of conduct

Reporting concerns




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Course Specifications



Approximately 20-minute long e-learning course followed by a 10-question assessment.



Suitable for all staff - examples and interactivities designed for staff at all levels. No previous knowledge or experience required.



SHARD-compliant, responsive display on all devices, accessibility on screen readers, visual design controlled via a client style sheet.



Ability to offer optional test-out, whereby users can choose to skip the course content and complete the learning assignment simply by passing the assessment.



All Windows, Mac OSX, iOS, Android (Flash-free for mobile compatibility). AICC and SCORM 1.2-compliant, suitable for both hosted and deployed SCORM or AICC.



Fully customisable on Skillcast Portal CMS.



Pre-translated versions not available, but all text content can be exported for translation into all languages.



Based on UK legislation, but suitable for global audiences upon the removal of UK-specific references and translation as necessary.