Herefordshire and Worcestershire Group Training Association is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our workforce and learners.  Our aim is that our workforce and learners will be truly representative of all sections of society and each employee and learner feels respected and able to give of their best.
To that end, the purpose of this policy is to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment or participating in our training programmes.  
We support all our staff, we treat them with respect and have due regard for privacy and wellbeing.  
It is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are called ‘protected characteristics’.
You’re also protected from discrimination if:  you’re associated with someone who has a protected characteristic, eg a family member or friend  you’ve complained about discrimination or supported someone else’s claim
All employees and learners, whether part-time, full time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect, Selection for employment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be on the basis of aptitude and ability.  All employees will be helped and encouraged to develop to their full potential and the talents and resources of the workforce/learners will be fully utilised to maximise the efficiency of the organisation.
Our commitment:

  • To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all staff and learners are recognised. Diversity of both the workforce and the learner cohort is welcomed and encouraged.  
  • Every employee and learner is entitled to a working environment that promotes dignity and respect to all. No intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.  For specific examples and details refer to the Association’s separate Bullying and Harassment Policy. We will monitor and record data in relation to staff attitudes towards people who have protected characteristics.  
  • To meet our duties under the Government’s “Prevent” Agenda and take steps to ensure every employee and learner is protected from the risk of radicalisation, whilst at the same time supporting Freedom of Speech and Democracy. (See Prevent Policy)  
  • Training, development and progression opportunities are available to all staff and learners.
  • Equality in the workplace is good management practice and makes sound business sense.  All of the Association’s practices and procedures will be reviewed at least once annually to ensure fairness. An action plan for improvements will be devised and monitored through the Self-Assessment Process
  • Breaches of our Equality and Diversity policy will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.
  • The Association will ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that each training placement and off-the-job training provider used, abides by current legislation with regard to equality of opportunity and, if it discovers any breach that is not immediately rectified, will cease to use that placement or provider.
  • Where appropriate, positive measures will be taken to overcome underrepresentation in specific occupational areas.  
  • Under the Equality Act 2010, reasonable adjustments are required where disabled staff, learners or visitors personally experience substantial disadvantage in comparison with non-disabled people. These will be negotiated at individual level and where this involves a learner, we will ensure that learning outcomes are met without academic standards being compromised.
  • This policy is fully supported by the Board and senior managers and has been agreed with staff and learners.