Government Invests in Workplace Mediation
26th January 2012
The Government has made its first step to putting money into workplace mediation. BIS has issued its invitation to tender notice for workplace mediation training to SME’s in two pilot regions in the UK. Cambridge and Manchester will be the first regional mediation networks where the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will fund mediation training for employees.
The initiative is designed to increase access to mediation and prevent the costs and damage associated with escalation to tribunal. The article cites tribunal costs for SME’s at an average of £4,000 with a cost to the taxpayer of £1,900.
For £5,820 an organisation can train 8 fully accredited mediators. The Government’s investment in prevention mirrors our own experience of the value in mediation.
Mediation skills are proving highly valuable and popular for all managers faced with tackling difficult people management issues. The skills training has also proved powerful and useful for those dealing with difficult behaviours, ‘intangibles’ and emotions in any negotiation.
Tender deadline 17/02/12. For a link through to the full press release from the COI News Distribution Service see – here.
For details of our in-house workplace mediation training rates see – here.