Equal Opportunities Policy

We are an equal opportunities organisation. We are committed to ensuring that all our candidates and centre staff (persons) are protected from unlawful discrimination whilst attending or delivering their course and assessment.

What is Discrimination?

Direct discrimination occurs where someone is treated less favourably and put at a disadvantage on discriminatory grounds in relation to his or her attendance and assessment (due to for example sex, race, colour, age, nationality, religion, religious or philosophical belief, ethnic national origin, marital status, civil partnership, disability, educational ability, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment). Direct discrimination may even occur unintentionally.

Indirect discrimination occurs where the individual's attendance or assessment is subject to an unjustified condition which one person finds more difficult to meet although, on the face of it, the condition or requirement is neutral.

Victimisation occurs were an individual is treated less favourably than another person because s/he has taken action to assert their statutory rights or assisted another person with information in that regard.

Harassment occurs where an individual is subjected to unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating that person's dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the individual.

Our Commitment

  • All persons will be treated equally, fairly and with respect.
  • No person will receive less favourable treatment or will be discriminated against.
  • All persons have a personal responsibility for the application of this equal opportunity policy, which extends to the treatment of all other persons.
  • Any person who believes s/he may have been unfairly discriminated against is encouraged to use our grievance procedure.
  • Any person who conducts himself or herself in a discriminatory manner towards another person or member of the public will be guilty of gross misconduct and will be subject to disciplinary or legal action.

Russell Scaplehorn
Managing Director
January 2008

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