of the MTC Board completed the Cognassist Cognitive Assessment prior to their training. Collectively there was a prominent strength in the ‘Visual’ index.
of those surveyed identified as ‘definitely’ or ‘possibly’ being neuro-different.
area where change is needed was identified as ‘treating neuro-different colleagues as individuals’. Followed by ‘Raising awareness and shifting attitudes’.
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is a leading research and technology organisation, specialising in advanced manufacturing and engineering. As a forward-thinking institution, MTC is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. They reached out to Cognassist to discover ways in which they could educate their workforce and develop neurodiversity cultural change in the business. Via training, the businesses wanted to gain a greater understanding of neurodiversity, workplace inclusion and equity, along with best practices for creating and thereafter enhancing a neuro-inclusive workplace.
‘In a report, ‘Mapping the UK’s Engineering Workforce', it was stated that there’s an estimated 820,000 neurodiverse engineers working in the UK. This combined with the results of a cross-sector survey, reporting that the lowest numbers of neurodivergent people talking openly about their neurodiversity came from engineering, manufacturing and construction industries, shows how much work there is for us to do to truly create a neuro-inclusive workplace. We want to be champions in flipping this statistic in to a positive one!’
Inclusion Co-Ordinator, MTC
Having recognised the importance of embracing neurodiversity in the workplace, and legal responsibilities relating to the topic, MTC identified a need for comprehensive neuro-inclusion training.
The goal was to enhance understanding of cognitive diversity, establish and promote a culture of inclusivity, and ensure the well-being and productivity of all employees. In pursuit of these objectives, MTC sought the expertise of Cognassist and our offering of cognitive assessments and training interventions.
‘We have a clear vision at MTC - to inspire Great British manufacturing, on the global stage. We operate some of the most advanced manufacturing equipment in the world, and employ a team of highly skilled engineers, many of whom are leading experts in their field. We're always looking to challenge the boundaries of manufacturing in the UK; To do so we need to utilise the skills, strengths and expertise of our workforce at all levels, whether that be our entry levels apprentices, our Board of Directors, or anyone between. Our neuro-inclusive practices and culture are a crucial foundation for success in every aspect. The Cognitive Assessment and Training has given us the confidence to push forward in utilising every individual cognitive strength of our workforce, supporting them in their role, while the business reaps the benefits of doing so.’
Chief People Officer, MTC
A tailored neuro-inclusion training program for MTC was created, combining cognitive assessments, interactive workshops, and discussions on legal responsibilities and reasonable adjustments associated with neurodiversity in the workplace.
The training was delivered through engaging face-to-face workshops, ensuring maximum participation and comprehension. Participants, including the full Senior Board, underwent their own cognitive assessments, gaining insights into their individual cognitive profiles. This served as a starting point for discussions around cognitive diversity and strategies to leverage strengths and address potential challenges.
‘When it comes to training, it doesn’t get better than this. Everyone was so engaged and invested.’
Key components of the training included:
Participants underwent cognitive assessments to better understand their cognitive strengths and areas for development.
This fostered self-awareness and provided a foundation for discussions on individual differences within the workforce.
Legal Responsibilities and Reasonable Adjustments:
An in-depth exploration of legal responsibilities related to neurodiversity in the workplace.
Discussions on implementing reasonable adjustments to accommodate diverse cognitive needs.
Sharing of industry best practices and success stories from organisations that have embraced neurodiversity.
Practical strategies for creating an inclusive work environment.
The neuro-inclusion training had a transformative effect on MTC’s organisational culture, including:
- Improved awareness and understanding of cognitive diversity among employees, leading to increased empathy and support for colleagues with diverse cognitive profiles.
- A cultural shift, with neurodiversity becoming an integral part of MTC’s identity. Employees at all levels embraced a more inclusive mindset, fostering a collaborative and supportive work environment.
- The cognitive assessments helping identify not only individual strengths but also areas where additional support or adjustments were needed. This has led to more targeted professional development opportunities and improved overall team dynamics.
- Senior executives, having undergone the training, championed neurodiversity initiatives within the organisation. This top-down approach was instrumental in embedding cultural change throughout the business.
The collaboration with Cognassist enabled The Manufacturing Technology Centre to go beyond compliance, creating a workplace where neurodiversity is celebrated, understood, and effectively integrated.
The neuro-inclusion training has not only enhanced working practices but also positioned MTC as a leader in fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce, ultimately contributing to improved innovation, productivity, and employee satisfaction.
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