The training format you select will be influenced by who is being trained and the approach that you select. In this module, you will make a preliminary decision about a training format; you may wish to revisit your decision after you select a consultant, depending on your consultant's recommendations. You may be surprised by the lack of uniformity in formats, but you will generally find versions of two formats:
- Ongoing Intermittent Training
- Extended Training
Ongoing Intermittent TrainingMany inclusiveness training programs are designed to provide small amounts of information in short training blocks, such as two- or three-hour training sessions.
The advantage of this kind of training is that people are introduced to a subject and then have time to digest the information from the training before moving onto the next subject.
Practically speaking, it often is the only choice as it accommodates most people's schedules.
The disadvantage of this kind of training is that it is less likely to address group dynamics or produce deep organizational change.
Extended TrainingThe other common training format is a multi-day intensive training - usually a retreat - followed by small group work.
The advantage of this kind of training is that there is ample time to delve into complex issues.
The format also facilitates team building as people have time over meals and in the evenings to discuss the day's experiences and to get to know each other personally. This kind of informal learning can greatly facilitate personal growth and development and build stronger teams.
Generally speaking, Intercultural training approaches that facilitate incremental learning will use an intermittent and ongoing format. The more intensive training approaches such as Anti-Racism or Anti-Oppression training often occur in an extended training format. Again, it is best to get recommendations from inclusiveness trainers about the best format given the needs of your organization.