Equal Opportunities & Access Policy

Introduction

Land Based Training wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities in employment and opposed all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex, Sexual, Orientation, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity.

Every step will be taken to ensure that individuals are treated equally and fairly.

Land Based Training is committed to equality of opportunity and to ensuring that there is no unfair discrimination in its operations.

In principle, Land Based Training offers open access to all qualifications and training within its remit. In practice however, selection is sometimes necessary.  Selection decisions or advice for self selection will be solely on the basis of opportunity and ability to compete the qualification. All candidates will also have access to fair and consistent support and assessment.

Selection of staff for roles within Land Based Training will only be on the grounds of availability, suitability for the role (e.g. technical competence, assessor qualification achieved,  or willingness to work towards a qualification), and where the skills held  by staff match the needs of the organisation.

This policy reinforces our commitment to providing equality and fairness to all in our employment and not provide less favourable facilities or treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, or sex and sexual orientation, academic achievement, background and personal views. We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

All employees, no matter whether they are part-time, full-time or temporary, will be treated fairly and with respect. When Land Based Training selects candidates for employment promotion, training, or any other benefit, it will be on the basis of their aptitude and ability.

All staff, agents, contractors and candidates are asked to ensure that their dealings with others promote equality of opportunity.

Commitments

  • To create an environment in which individual differences and the contributions of all team members are recognised and valued.
  • To create a working environment that promotes dignity and respect of every employee
  • To not tolerate any form of intimidation, bullying or harassment, and to discipline those that breach this policy.
  • To make training, development , and progression opportunities available to all staff.
  • To promote equality in the workplace, which Land Based Training believes is good management practice and makes good sound business sense.
  • To encourage anyone who feels they have been subject to discrimination to raise concerns so we can apply corrective measures.
  • To encourage employees to treat everyone with dignity and respect.
  • To regularly review all our employment practices and procedures so that fairness is maintained at all times.

Candidates & Trainees

Candidates and Trainees will be treated equally in respect of learning and assessment opportunities.

Qualifications are free from barriers, which restrict access and progression unless the restriction is part of the assessment.

Qualifications are available to all who are able to achieve the required standard. Assessment techniques and strategies recognise different styles of learning and are free from bias, fit for purpose and enable the attainment of all candidates to be demonstrated in appropriate ways.

Special arrangements, at a possible additional charge, will be made for candidates with particular requirements enabling access to assessments and to demonstrate their attainment and understanding. Such support could include physical, mechanical or technical aids, extra time or support during assessment, or specially devised or adapted methods of assessment.

Suitable assessment facilities can be made available at a possible additional charge for those who are not in full-time or paid employment that might restrict access to traditional assessment arrangements.

Land Based Training Staff & Agents

All staff, agents and contractors will be recruited solely on merit, and to meet the needs of Land Based Training and will be required to work to the Centre’s policies.

Any employee or contractor who discriminates unfairly against a colleague, agent, candidate or others, may be disciplined.

A copy of this Equal Opportunities and Access Policy will be provided for all Land Based Training staff, agencies and contracted personnel.  Guidance and support on equal opportunities will be available to these parties on an on-going basis.

All Assessment Centres have their own ‘in-house’ policy for Equal Opportunities and Access and will be able to help candidates if required.  If not satisfied about any aspects of Equal Opportunities or Access please refer to the Complaints and Appeals section below.

Assessors needing advice on assessment of a candidate with particular requirements should confirm arrangements with Land Based Training and note any variations of the assessment method used on their assessment report documentation.  Likewise, Land Based Training has recourse to the external auditor/verifier for advice and they in turn have access to City & Guilds and Lantra Awards overarching support structure.

Complaints & Appeals Procedure

Land Based Training has a Disputes and Appeals procedure and will be able to help candidates who have a dispute or wish to appeal against an assessment decision.  If still not satisfied having followed Land Based Training ‘In House’ procedure, candidates should write to the City & Guilds and /or Lantra Awards Quality Assurance Officer as soon as possible after the assessment decision. A copy of City & Guilds and /or Lantra Awards Complaints and Appeals Procedure is available on request.

Monitoring & Evaluation

All candidates will be requested to provide information relating to equal opportunities and access for monitoring purposes.  This will be collected when candidates apply at registration.  It should be noted that the candidate in giving this information agrees that it may be sent to City & Guilds and /or Lantra Awards for the purposes of national equal opportunities and access monitoring and may be disclosed to Government Bodies if requested.  The information provided will be forwarded to City & Guilds and /or Lantra Awards for collation, analysis and the preparation of a national annual report. The same information will be requested of all new member staff, contractors and agents.

The national report will form the basis for any review to this policy and will be presented to the committee together with any advice on its success or failure, and include recommendations from the centre co-ordinator.

Dissemination

All Land Based Training staff, contractors and agents will receive a copy of Land Based Training’s Equal Opportunities and Access Policy. All candidates will receive a copy of Land Based Training’s Equal Opportunities and Access statement and be made aware that they are entitled to request a copy of the full policy if desired.

Signed by Katie Holmes (Managing Director) on behalf of the Company. January 2016.