Equality and Diversity policy

Policy Statement

HSS appreciates the contribution that all colleagues make in ensuring our ongoing success. At HSS we recognise that all colleagues are unique and that they draw on their different views, perspectives and experiences which add value to the way we do business. By accessing, recruiting and developing colleagues from many different backgrounds, we gain insight into different opportunities and services required by our customers.

HSS constantly strives to create a productive environment, representative of and responsive to different cultures and groups, where everyone has equal chance to succeed. This policy is intended to complement the company wide Equality and Diversity policy which is available separately.

1. Introduction

1.1 HSS Training is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all throughout the delivery of courses and assessment leading to the completion of all qualifications, units and courses. This commitment is irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, disability, age, sexuality, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

1.2 HSS Training is committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly and equally, in order to help and encourage them to reach their full potential through training and development.

1.3 This policy complies with current Great Britain and Northern Ireland legislation. It is reviewed regularly to ensure that any changes to current legislation are reflected in the policy.

1.4 If HSS Training is delivering courses in another country, due consideration is given to any geographical variations in, or additional, equality and diversity legislative requirements.

1.5 Due to the nature of the qualifications and courses delivered by HSS Training (with training courses of between one and five days’ duration), equality and diversity monitoring is required to be an ‘active’ process that is concurrent with the delivery of the training. For example, it may not be possible to address issues of access or reasonable adjustment requirements until the candidate arrives on the day of training.

1.6 As a registered centre with several Awarding Bodies, HSS Training complies with the procedures and standards of all the Accreditation schemes, which is updated annually. This includes arrangements for access, assessment of training needs, reasonable adjustment and special consideration.

1.7 HSS training monitors the commitment to equality and diversity through regular audit.

2. Candidates

2.1 It is the responsibility of HSS Training to make all candidates aware of the commitment to and implementation of equal opportunities through the provision of the Trainers Charter and the centre's equality and diversity policy.

2.2 Candidates are invited to contact HSS Training at any time about any issues relating to equal opportunities, in order that it can take action to address any perceived inequalities.

2.3 HSS Training encourages candidates to provide certain details for equality and diversity monitoring, which is collected on evaluation forms and returned to the administration office.

2.4 HSS Training also encourages all candidates to provide feedback to the centre and on their learning experience, by responding to a questionnaire issued at the end of each course, with specific reference to their experience of access and equality of opportunity.

3. Monitoring of compliance with equality and diversity

3.1 All feedback, both formal and informal, from candidates, employers, clients or other interested parties, is reviewed by HSS Training. If any changes to the centre’s policies or procedures are considered necessary to maintain compliance, these are actioned as soon as possible.

4. Breach of the policy

4.1 Any breaches of this Equality and Diversity policy will be treated as a disciplinary matter and offenders will be dealt with under the HSS Disciplinary and Investigation policy.

Equality and Diversity policy (July 2013)