Understanding Islam & Muslim Culture

This CPD accredited cultural competency & Islamophobia awareness workshop will enable participants to gain a good grounding in the Islamic faith and Muslim cultural and traditional practices. Specifically, the workshop will cover the relevance within both the workplace and the home, to better equip those working in housing organisations to practice and promote inclusion (of both their colleagues and customers), and challenge Islamophobia when they come across it.

The workshop offers an exploratory learning space where a questioning approach is encouraged. Training materials* will also be provided for participants to refer back to.

Duration: approximately 4.5 hours
Group size: up to 20
Delivery: online or on-site, with an option to extend the session to include a visit to a local Mosque, with lunch, where possible.

Session outline:

About your trainer:

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Kaushar Tai

Kaushar is a management and training consultant specialising in delivering soft skills training and Islamic Cultural Awareness and Cultural Competency Training, primarily for public sector professionals working across many different local and national government departments and the NHS.

A a qualified health and social care professional with experience in managing large and complex projects, Kaushar has held senior management positions in these fields along with Housing Diversity Network regeneration programmes. Kaushar has served as a Non-Executive Director on a Primary Care Trust Board, Dewsbury College Board, and on the Police Authority Recruitment Panel, and also served as a lay member on the Employment Tribunal panel in Leeds. He is a member of an independent fostering agency and until recently was also a member of the Independent Review Mechanism panel, hearing fostering and adoption cases.

Since Kaushar started his business in 2004, over 19,500 people have attended his Islam courses in over 80 different local authority locations across the UK, with very positive feedback. He has also successfully delivered these courses in the USA, Canada, India, France, Sweden and Barbados.

Kaushar is active in Muslim/Christian dialogue and champions inter-faith working. Until recently he has been Co-Chairman of North Kirklees Inter-faith – a membership of all faith communities and none, working together to achieve common goals and striving to achieve strong community cohesion. He has undertaken many short term assignments for relief agencies as part of the United Nations NGO consortium working on poverty alleviation, capacity building and sustainable projects, along with being a speaker for Water Aid.

As a qualified and accredited mediator, Kaushar previously worked for Yorkshire Mediation Service on conflict resolution work and training. He has taught International Business English; Business Communication and also Basic English to non-native speakers and participants who work in large multinational companies from various European Countries, to help them in fluency and confidence in presenting in English to English speaking audiences. He also teaches PHSE to at a local Secondary School on an ad-hoc basis.

Kaushar holds an MSc in Social Sciences, a Professional Certificate in Management, a Social Work qualification and a diploma in Business and Management.

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