Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Essential Insights

Understand fundamental EDI concepts and terminology to build your capability and help create safe and inclusive workplaces.


60-90 minutes

Online self-directed

Essential Insights


Free for CIPD members and Core Learning Subscribers. 

Building EDI (equality, diversion and inclusion) capability helps create inclusive cultures where individuals can thrive, speak up and feel safe. Professionals at all levels can make a positive contribution in the workplace, including supporting leaders and line managers to embed EDI into ways of working.

This Essential Insights course introduces fundamental concepts relating to EDI and its relevance to working lives and organisations. Delivered by a subject matter expert, learners will gain a grounding in key EDI terminology and define why trust and psychological safety are critical. The course also covers practical steps to enhance inclusivity in the workplace so attendees can start applying their learning immediately.

EDI can have a huge impact on personal and professional lives. By deepening their understanding of communities, society and meaningful EDI information, learners will be able to support their organisation’s plans for actionable change.

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The hub will house your course content, as well as useful resources, tools, and a community of professionals that you can tap into to support your learning and continual development.

Members, this course is included as part of your membership. Please access your free learning here.


The purpose of this course is to:

  • define the key terminology relating to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • outline how trust and psychological safety are essential to create an inclusive workplace
  • list some practical steps organisations can make take to create a more inclusive workplace.

Is this course right for me?

This course will help people practitioners develop their own understanding of inclusive workplaces and the role they have to play. Aimed at those with little or no knowledge of EDI, the content is ideal for people professionals delivering tactical, focused, day-to-day work seeking a solid grounding in the topic.

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