UK and Italy equally keen on parking sex prejudice

first_img Previous Article Next Article UK and Italy equally keen on parking sex prejudiceOn 2 Dec 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. British companies are turning to the continent to explore new approaches toequal opportunities, and Italy was the unlikely venue for their latest meeting.The Italians, stereotypically known for their macho male-dominated culture, playedhost to companies in a two-day conference, which is part of a three-yearproject to encourage equal opportunities in Europe. Working in partnership under the EQUAL project banner, companies from the UKand Italy hope to launch a shared mentoring scheme and training programme forworkers in the two countries. As part of the conference, delegates from companies including BMW (GB) andScottish Enterprise Lanarkshire visited the Fiat car factory in Malfi to meetfemale workers and discuss gender imbalance issues in the transport industry. Fiat employs more women in its factories than comparable set-ups in the UK,with more than one in five female staff. The car manufacturer offers two hours paid leave a week to breast-feedingworking mothers, and encourages family-friendly daytime shifts. It also offers staff a dedicated Learning Centre to promote careerdevelopment and personal study in topics such as IT skills, English languageand the European driving licence. The centre has assisted 3,500 employees so far, and Fiat believes it plays amajor factor in staff retention. Glyn Williams, head of strategic development at the NTP trainingorganisation and lead partner in the project, said the conference was organisedwith a view to making real changes across Europe. “As a result of this visit, we have already been able to pass on someof the research techniques being used in the motor trade in the UK, whilegleaning new ideas from them,” he said. By Michael Millarwww.furichtransport.comlast_img

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