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Equality & Diversity Policy incorporating British Values

POLICY STATEMENT

Transport Training Academy is committed to encouraging diversity and eliminating discrimination in both its role as an employer and as a provider of training services.

Transport Training Academy aims to create a culture that respects and values each others’ differences, that promotes dignity, equality and diversity, the British values and encourages individuals to develop and maximise their true potential. We are committed wherever practicable to achieving and maintaining a workforce that broadly reflects the local community in which we operate.

PURPOSE

The purpose of this policy is to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment and in the provision of training services and not to discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, family responsibility, marital status, race, colour, ethnicity, nationality, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation and any other potentially discriminatory criteria. Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage & Civil Partnership, Pregnancy & Maternity, Race, Religion & Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation which are known commonly as the 9 protected characteristics.

Transport Training opposes all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.  

This policy has been reviewed following the Equality Act 2010 and aligned with the Codes of Practice on Employment and on Equal Pay.

All employees and training candidates whether part-time, full-time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. Selection for employment, promotion, training, volunteering or any other benefit will be on the basis of skills and ability and be in line with our recruitment and selection policy.

Principles

Transport Training Academy’s commitment to Equality and Diversity is:

  • To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all our Employees and training candidates are recognised and valued.
  • To create a working and training environment that promotes dignity and respect for all. No form of intimidation, bullying or harassment will be tolerated.
  • To ensure training, development and progression opportunities are available to all.
  • To promote equality in the workplace, which it believes is good management practice and makes sound business sense.
  • To regularly review all employment and training practices and procedures to ensure that no job applicants, staff or training candidates are treated less favourably than others.
  • To regularly review services to ensure they are accessible and appropriate to all groups within society.
  • To treat breaches of the equality policy seriously and to take disciplinary action when required.
  • To provide information and training to all employees and training candidates so that they are fully aware of the issues relating to Equality and Diversity and their responsibilities relating to it.
  • To develop an Equality Action plan, to ensure our Equality and Diversity policy is fully implemented.
  • To ensure the policy is fully supported by the Senior Management Team.
  • To monitor and review the policy annually.
  • All learners are responsible for ensuring that they embrace and adopt this policy whilst enrolled and participating in any Transport Training Academy training programme.

British Values

The government set out their definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy.  In 2014, the Department of Education published guidance on promoting British Values in schools to ensure young people leave school and college prepared for life in Modern Britain.

The five British values are as follows:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of Law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

These new regulations sit alongside the requirements of the Equality Act, which also applies to all educational institutions.

Promotion of British Values:

At Transport Training Academy, we are dedicated to promoting values which ensure that our learners and staff develop a strong sense of social and moral responsibility. We prepare our learners for life in Modern Britain by developing an understanding of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

It is our aim that all Transport Training Academy’s learners are able to contribute effectively to the wider community, using the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their time at Transport Training Academy. As well as being fully engaged in their learning experience, we want our learners to become responsible and well-rounded individuals.  

Our team will endeavour to promote British Values at every opportunity, including during lessons, progress reviews and by other means, in order to ensure our learners have every opportunity to understand, be protected by, and live by these values.

Posters containing these values will be on display at various locations.

For and on behalf of Transport Training Academy

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David Coupe
Company Secretary
Dated: 4th August 2016

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