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Cultural Awareness In The Work Place

20th March 2006

Employers in Caithness and Sutherland are to be given an opportunity to raise their awareness of employing and working with overseas nationals or those from culturally diverse backgrounds.

The 'Cultural Awareness in the Workplace' workshop has been developed by 'Improve', the skills council for the food and drink sector, and will provide practical advice and guidance on topics ranging from legislation to a wider understanding of the growing number of religions and cultures and is relevant to all sectors of the business community. It will also look at ways of avoiding situations which can adversely affect good working practices, productivity and profitability.

The workshop is being funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. According to Anne Sutherland, head of skills development at Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, "Cultural issues often arise due to a lack of understanding and these can result in attendance problems, a damaged reputation for businesses or, in serious cases, heavy fines. By providing this guidance we hope to help local businesses, whatever line of work they are in, avoid potential problems and develop and maintain an integrated, motivated and productive workforce."

The workshop, which is free of charge, will take place in the New Weigh Inn on Thursday 30th March, from 10am - 1pm. For more information, or to book a place, please contact Anne Sutherland on 01847 805204 or email anne.sutherland[AT]hient.co.uk

 

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