Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Introduction

Kettering Training Services is committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all its learners and recognises our requirements under the Equality Act 2010 to take into account the need to:

  • challenge discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • advance equality of opportunity
  • foster good relations between different parts of the community

Kettering Training Services will not tolerate any form of behaviour or activity that discriminates without proper justification on the grounds of, age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and motherhood, race (including ethnic or national origin, colour and nationality), religion or belief (including lack of belief), sex and sexual orientation.

Kettering Training Services seeks to employ a workforce which reflects the diverse community at large and is guided by Kettering Borough Council policies. Kettering Training Services will provide a suitable learning environment for the education of learners of both sexes, of varying abilities and interests and to do this without creating unnecessary barriers to this provision.

1. Policy

1.1 All existing and potential learners will receive equality of opportunity and parity of treatment. No one will knowingly be disadvantaged or treated less favourably because of conditions or requirements which cannot be justified. Kettering Training Services will seek to make reasonable adjustments to its arrangements and premises with a view to avoiding substantial disadvantages for disabled people. Any necessary action will be taken to ensure that individuals are treated equally and fairly and that decisions taken on learner recruitment, staff recruitment, selection, training and study are based solely on objective job or course related criteria.

1.2 All staff have the personal responsibility for the practical implementation of the policy, which extends to the treatment of fellow employees, learners and anyone in contact with Kettering Training Services.

1.3 All learners have personal responsibility for the practical implementation of the policy, which extends to the treatment of other learners, employees of Kettering Training Services and other people with whom they have contact within the course of their training.

1.4 Managers have a responsibility to ensure that the policy is understood and effective. They should encourage staff and learners to inform them of any instances of discrimination and ensure that these are reported to Kettering Training Services Manager, who will, if appropriate, investigate and report the outcome.

2. Learners

2.1     Recruitment, guidance and support

2.1.1 Kettering Training Services strives to offer an informed, impartial and supportive structure to its learners. All learners will be informed Kettering Training Services promotes good practice in equality of opportunity and operates an equal opportunities policy designed to encompass those groups traditionally underrepresented in work-based learning programmes. If there is a Genuine Occupational Qualification, as defined by legislation for a particular training place which limits applications to a particular sex or race then this will be clearly stated in any programme/ training specification.

2.1.2 Where possible Kettering Training Services will make reasonable adjustments as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act for learners with physical disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

2.1.3 Kettering Training Services will seek to ensure, through the monitoring of its learner recruitment activities and terminology used in marketing material, that learners from under represented groups and non traditional areas are not deterred from pursuing learning opportunities at Kettering Training Services.

2.1.4 All learners will receive pre-advice and guidance support and, if necessary or requested, a learning support interview to assess the additional support required to ensure they gain the maximum benefit from their learning experience.

2.2     Learner complaints procedure

2.2.1  Where a learner maintains, after due consideration, they have been discriminated against they should, in the first instance, discuss the matter with their Co-ordinator who will seek a solution. If the matter discussed is not is not resolved at this point the learner may address the matter through consultation with Kettering Training Services Manager. (Please refer to Kettering Training Services Complaints Procedure)

3. Monitoring

3.1 Kettering Training Services has established systems and procedures, which it continues to develop, to ensure effective overall monitoring of its policies. All monitoring will be in compliance with the Data Protection Act.

3.2 The effectiveness of learner recruitment will be monitored. In particular records of age, sex, ethnic origin and disability of learners will be kept and analysed.

3.3 Monitoring of all systems and procedures relating to Equal Opportunities will be undertaken by the Equality Monitoring Group who will report their findings to the Business Manager. The overall responsibility in respect of learner’s rests with Kettering Training Services Manager. All procedures will be reviewed annually.

3.4 If the monitoring process indicates any areas where discrimination, harassment, or victimisation may be occurring, appropriate action will be taken.

4        Liaison

4.1     Kettering Training Services strives to make a contribution to the community by working with external groups and agencies to offer a range of programmes and services, which meet the needs of current and prospective client groups