Loganair launches diversity and inclusion training scheme

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Regional airline Loganair has introduced an equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) training programme for its 800 UK and Scandinavian employees.

The airline stated that it had invested more than £300,000 in rolling out the course, which will begin in January 2023. The programme was introduced as part of its Flying’s For All strategy, which was established last year following the formation of an internal Diversity and Inclusion Forum.

Over the next six months, every member of staff regardless of their role will spend three hours out of the business learning about protected characteristics, examining cases and rehearsing real life scenarios.

The training will be carried out in person by the airline’s HR team at its head office in Glasgow, as well as across its network to ensure every member of staff can complete it, with new recruits receiving it as part of their induction moving forward. An advanced version will be introduced in 2024 once all employees have completed the initial course.

Lyndsay Kennedy, head of HR at Loganair, said: “We operate in an industry where almost all of our training is mandated for obvious safety reasons, but our equality, diversity and inclusion training will go beyond the flight deck and be available to all.

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“Before launching Flying’s For All, we conducted an extensive staff survey to understand the wider picture across Loganair. It became clear there were three key themes which are very important to our staff: LGBTQ+ issues, mental health and wellbeing, and equality for women.

“Over the next couple of years, we will be prioritising these areas so that every member of our workforce feels valued and respected. We are absolutely committed to developing and nurturing our employees and helping them to achieve their career goals, regardless of their background, gender or orientation.”