We trained BBC mentors and their mentees in intercultural dialogue and unconscious bias.
Working closely with the BBC’s Diversity team, we custom-built separate sessions for mentors and mentees. The aim: to ensure all participants would get maximum benefit out of RISE, and for the mentees to make recognised career advancements as a result.
Key areas addressed in the workshops included:
- Understanding the benefits of diversity
- Supporting cultural adaptability and intercultural dialogue across the BBC
- Developing skills to open up important conversations inside and between departments
- Encouraging knowledge-sharing and inspiration
- Building awareness of unwritten rules and other barriers that might bar Black, Asian and minority ethnic advancement
- Using the right strategies to push back against traditional models of selection, including unconscious bias in the interview process.
All participants left with a practical toolkit to support them in being the best possible mentor or mentee. Every mentee also left the training with a comprehensive career development plan.
38% of the first cohort achieved recognised career development moves after just three months.
After the success of the first cohort, the BBC recommissioned EW Group to deliver on-going training to new mentors and mentees.