GIRES has delivered training with regard to trans, non-binary and intersex matters for the past 15 years and currently delivers about 50 training sessions per annum. Gender diverse and trans people are always included in the delivery of GIRES training. The evaluation forms that participants complete demonstrate that this training is highly rated.
The organisations for which GIRES has provided training are involved in information technology, television, aviation, nuclear power, defence equipment, publishing, financial services, food processing, education, healthcare provision and regulation, policing, the law, central and local government and sport. Most of these organisations have become Corporate Members of the charity
GIRES training is tailor made to suit the specific needs of individual organisations. Delivery of the training may be face to face or online. Often the training is provided to support an individual who is proposing to undergo a change of gender role. GIRES consults with that individual in designing the training. The package provided by GIRES may include:
- a briefing for senior management
- discussion with the individual and other family members
- detailed training for the people who work with that individual
- an awareness raising session everyone on a particular site
The training is highly interactive, even when online. Experienced facilitators, including gender diverse individuals, facilitate the session. The training, includes presentations by the facilitators, exercises, case examples, role play, video material and discussion. Participants are provided with literature, as well as guidance on further information sources.
The aim of the training is to answer participants’ questions about gender nonconformity fully and frankly and enable them to support confidently any gender nonconforming colleague, customer or service user.
After the training, GIRES provides an electronic copy of its material so that participants can use it to refresh their learning experience.
GIRES also provides train the trainer sessions for organisations that wish to embed trans matters within their own training programmes. However, GIRES strongly recommends that trans people are engaged in the delivery of such training.