Civil servants receive training in avoiding ‘unconscious bias’
Government departments spent €35,000 on training to minimise effect of hidden prejudice
Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin TD said it was a positive step that civil servants were receiving training in ‘unconscious bias’. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times
Staff across Government departments are receiving “unconscious bias” training, to help them avoid making decisions based on gender, class, race, or other stereotypes.
In the last two years senior managers in most departments have received training in how to recognise and avoid any prior biases and prejudices they may have. The cost of providing the training across several departments came to over €35,000.