Equal Opportunities

Introduction

INDI Skills recognises that promoting equality and diversity is essential to deliver quality, culturally appropriate training and support services to all sections of the community for which we serve. We are committed to practices that offer equality of opportunity to all colleagues, learners and service users.

It is INDI Skills policy that no applicant, learner, colleague or service user, receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of their:

Race, Colour, Ethnicity or Origin

Ability or Disability

Gender, Gender Re-assignment Status

Sexual Orientation

Marital Status

Religion

Age

Beliefs, Non Beliefs

 

INDI Skills embraces the diversity of colleagues, learners and service users and endeavours to support the individual needs wherever possible. We recognise that inequality exists within society and that some sections of society continue to receive less favourable treatment and are limited in access to opportunities based upon their:

Ability or Disability

Gender, Gender Re-assignment Status

Sexual Orientation

Marital Status

Religion

Age

Beliefs, Non Beliefs

 

In some cases the primary causes of inequality are direct discrimination i.e. prejudice, hatred, oppressive practice and lack of awareness is generally a more common contributor. This can lead to institutional barriers whereby the policies, procedures, systems and processes of an organisation systematically restrict or have an adverse effect to people receiving fair and equitable treatment.

Each colleague, learner and service user of INDI Skills has a right to dignity, respect and fairness and this is extended across all the services that INDI Skills deliver. We at INDI Skills are committed to improving the working lives of colleagues, learners and service users and will not tolerate violence, abuse or harassment. We at INDI Skills actively encourage colleagues and learners to report any incident, however trivial it may seem, so it can be investigated and action taken where found to be necessary.

This policy compliments INDI Skills’ values and beliefs and indicates our firm commitment to eradicate discrimination whether direct or indirect and to ensure equality of opportunity for all. Our commitment applies across the full spectrum of the community.

To achieve this INDI Skills will ensure that our colleagues, service users and learners support, understand and are responsive to objectives set out within this policy through appropriate challenge & support, training and development and effective management. We will develop our supplier contracts through equalities briefing sheets and procurement criteria

Policy Statement

It is INDI Skills policy that we will:

Provide a non-discriminatory high standard of service to all our colleagues, service users and learners and operate within legislation without compromise.

Consult, develop, plan and deliver services that are accessible to all our colleagues, service users and learners and with reasonable adjustment, be responsive to their needs and preferences.

Use influence to promote equality through all the services and practices and ensure that all forms of harassment and discrimination are challenged.

Make informed and fair decisions in relation to recruitment, promotion and training. The decisions are made according to core competencies.

Foster a culture where equality and human rights are valued and the skills and talents of our colleagues, service users and members are used appropriately to the benefits of the community.

Monitor and review all our colleagues, service users and learners and develop initiatives, nurture applications from an expansive cross section of the first aid community.

  • Legal Framework
  • Equality Act 2010
  • European Communities Act 1972
  • Gender Re-Assignment Regulations 1999
  • Gender Reconstruction Act 2004
  • Gender Equality Duty 2007
  • Religion/Belief Employment Regulations 2003
  • Disabled Persons (Employment) Act 1944 and 1958
  • Rehabilitation Of Offenders Act 1974
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

General Procedures

Leadership

INDI Skills has the responsibility for the development of strategies, resources and structures to deliver the Equal Opportunities Policy through the leadership of INDI Skills. All decisions and proposed changes to services will be considered for the potential adverse impact on INDI Skills and colleagues, service users and learners’ equality.

INDI Skills will review the views of colleagues, service users and learners and will take these into account in shaping and developing future services. This includes the provision of reasonable adjustment and communications.

INDI Skills Principal, Chrisy Southgate has the responsibility for implementing and monitoring of INDI Skills Policies within the scope of their role. Equality and diversity is an organisational function and colleagues, service users and learners are responsible for ensuring the pro-active delivery and progress of equalities and diversity through communication and networking.

INDI Skills Principal, Chrisy Southgate is responsible in addition to their individual responsibilities for ensuring:

All colleagues, service users and learners are aware of and comply with the standards expected within this policy.

The measures of awareness, understanding and delivery of INDI Skills equalities commitment.

Dignity and respect for all colleagues, service users and learners.

That they confront and take appropriate action against incidents or behaviour that does not meet the standards of INDI Skills policies.

Staff Involvement

INDI Skills will involve all colleagues, service users and learners and support them in the development and delivery of equalities and diversity. This may include consultation, email, verbal communication, internet and networking sessions.

All colleagues, service users and learners have a personal responsibility for ensuring that they work in a positive and non-discriminatory manner with all service users and colleagues. This responsibility is communicated and reinforced through the Equal Opportunity Policy, Discrimination Procedures and Harassment Procedures as well as through consultation, email, verbal communication, the World Wide Web and networking sessions.

Training and Development

INDI Skills Principal, Chrisy Southgate recognises the value of all colleagues, service users and learners and will support colleagues, service users and learners to deliver the values and principles of equality, individuality and diversity. INDI Skills will identify the knowledge and skills required to deliver ethnic and culturally sensitive services across all aspects and where necessary provide training to enhance confidence and understanding.

INDI Skills colleagues will receive training in INDI Skills policies and procedures and acknowledge their responsibilities under these.

Harassment Procedures

INDI Skills takes all allegations of harassment very seriously and has policies in place for the reporting and managing incidents of harassment, bullying, intimidation and discrimination.

It is the right of all colleagues, service users and learners to be treated with consideration and operate in an environment free from harassment, bullying, intimidation and discrimination. This is made through written policies and respective training.