Equal Opportunities Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy

East Malling Short Courses is committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of its own working practices. East Malling Short Courses will work with, training providers and contractors (such as instructors, examiners and external verifiers/moderators) to eradicate unfair and discriminatory practices wherever they occur and to encourage a culture of fairness, dignity and respect, in which individuals may reach their full potential.  East Malling Short Courses seeks to positively influence those with whom it works.

Staff, contractors, and learners will be treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, colour, ethnic or national origin, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, socio-economic background, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, family circumstances, or other irrelevant distinction.

In the development and monitoring of this policy, East Malling Short Courses takes account of key current legislation relating to equality of opportunity. East Malling Short Courses recognises that some differences exist in legislation reflecting particular equal opportunities issues across the four home nations.

Implementation

East Malling Short Courses will apply this equal opportunities policy to ensure that:

  • All learners have open access to its training courses
  • East Malling Short Courses apply their equal opportunities policy to the selection, training and assessment of learners.
  • Activities carried by learners at home, work and in a voluntary capacity are valued for the purposes of accreditation of prior achievement.
  • Reasonable adjustments are made so that unnecessary barriers can be eliminated for learners with particular requirements.
  • Printed materials, including assessment materials, aim to reflect diversity in the community and are non-discriminatory in style and content.
  • Contractors are selected and recruited fairly and receive high quality training for the roles they will be undertaking, including the application of this equal opportunities policy to their work with centres, training providers, or learners.
  • Complaints and appeals are dealt with promptly and fairly.

Equal Opportunities Policy – Implementation and Monitoring

East Malling Short Courses is committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of its own working practices and in providing open access to the courses it offers.  East Malling Short Courses instructors and staff, including contractors, are fully aware of this equal opportunities policy.

Recruitment of External Trainers

Instructors may be employed only after they have supplied proof of qualifications and or CV’s which demonstrate that they have the relevant experience for the post. References may be followed up. Lantra approved trainers will be used when relevant.

Access to qualifications

East Malling Short Courses expects its staff to enable learners to have equal access to qualifications.  East Malling Short Courses does not place any entry requirements for learners wishing to undertake a qualification, unless otherwise specified.  Entry requirements may be specified where industry codes of practice require learners to hold particular qualifications (e.g. certificates of competence for people working with pesticides).

Some institutions will apply entry requirements as a means of ensuring that learners will be able to cope with the demands of the qualification.  However, entry requirements must not, in any way, prevent a learner with special needs from working towards an otherwise appropriate qualification.

Access to training courses

East Malling Short Courses recognises that training providers have a responsibility to advise potential learners on the most appropriate course and to maximise the potential of all students.  If a learner with a physical disability wishes to undertake a practical training course, the provider should consult with the instructor to determine whether there are any parts of the course which could not be made accessible to the learner.  If the learner is able to complete the training and assessment, they will be awarded an appropriate certificate and in some cases a skills identity card.  In all cases, learners with special needs will be assessed against the same criteria as any other learner.

Learners whose first language is not English may undertake training with East Malling Short Courses, although they may need language support in order to do so. This may incur an extra cost for the learner or their employer.

Access to assessment

Assessments will be carried out according to the policies and rules of the relevant awarding bodies( eg Lantra Awards,NPTC)

Reasonable Adjustments

Any reasonable adjustment arrangements will be carried out in consultation with the guidelines set out by the relevant awarding bodies ( Lantra Awards, NPTC)

Revised and updated Aug 2018