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12 Nov

Yorkie, Peter, takes on Equality and Diversity Training

As part of YCF’s Health and Wellbeing offer, we work alongside the Skills Network, to give people the opportunity to get a nationally recognised qualification – for free.

Peter, who is part of the Yorkies (our match-day volunteer team), undertook the Equality and Diversity training and here’s what he had to say…

At the Volunteer’s Training day, Beth was keen to promote the concept that the Yorkie role could and should be more than handing out freebies to spectators, answering their questions and being the friendly face of Yorkshire Cricket. The Cricket Foundation had four main themes and we could play a part or learn from them. The two most significant here are Education and Health/Wellbeing.

Having reached the exalted age of 70 it didn’t take me long to realise that my learning and development had not suddenly stopped. Nor were they just for the young ‘uns to enhance their CVs or job prospects. My children and especially my grandchildren were growing up in a different environment to that which I had. It was either stick where I was or try and move with the times. As you can see I can even use “Word”.

I was luckier than most of my generation regarding “Equality”. My mother worked as a teacher when very few women worked, I went to mixed gender Junior and Secondary schools and an University with a subject that had equal balance of male/female students. On finding employment in the Civil Service, I was with an employer that preached Equal Opportunities – though it still had a lot to learn.

Not so hot on “Diversity”. School was essentially white, middle class. An ethnic minority was someone from south of Derbyshire! At college I studied in a small unit which had an Iranian and an Iraqi working together alongside me. At work I could only have a say in the technical ability of job seekers not their diversity.

Having voluntarily worked for the Foundation at a Schools Day with children of all ethnic backgrounds, I decided it was time to get up to date with current thinking on Equality and Diversity. Taking advice from Beth I registered and started a Level 2 TQUK course in Equality and Diversity. I chose one based entirely on on-line learning with help, if needed, from a tutor. Much of it was centered around the Workplace and thus not directly relevant to my current status. My last exam was about 1972. What was I thinking of?

The course was challenging involving reading on-line information, researching topics, answering questions and the completing an Assessment at the end of each module. The initial hard part was learning how much or how little information to put in the answers. In the first Unit I got 10/16 correct. With guidance from my tutor I did a revamp and got 16/16. I passed the other two Units . This then had to be moderated at a higher level and finally got my Certificate on 14th October.

It took about 16 hours spread over two months and working on trains and in the gym cafe.

To find out more about our free training opportunities, please Click Here

For more information about our Health & Wellbeing work, contact Beth.Cook@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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