1. Policy Statement
NA College is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and study and opposes all forms of unlawful discrimination in employment and against students on the grounds of the following ‘protected characteristics’ as defined in the Equality Act 2010: age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
NA College is committed to:
1.1 Striving to ensure that the work and study environment is free of harassment and bullying and that everyone is treated with dignity and respect is an important aspect of ensuring equal opportunities. NA College has a separate Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy, which deals with these issues.
1.2 The Equality Opportunities policy will be enacted through all projects delivered by NA College without exception and will be supported by associated implementation plans.
NA College and any sub-contractors will meet all statutory obligations under relevant legislation and, where appropriate, anticipate future legal requirements. NA College will promote this policy through a variety of medians including induction for new employees, programme inductions, team meetings, staff CPD days and will be accessible on the shared network available to all staff.
NA College are committed to ensuring that any procured sub-contractor provision will undertake a robust due-diligence process which will include demonstrating a commitment to the promoting equality in line with legal requirements and NA College’s expectations and policies.
2. Scope of Policy
2.1 The Equal Opportunities policy applies to students of NA College. Employees of NA College should refer to the NA College-Equal Opportunities.
The Company recognises its legal obligations under the Equality Act 2010.
Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy
3.1 Definition of Protected Characteristics:
All alleged incidents of discrimination, harassment and/or victimisation will be dealt with according to the company policy and procedures.
3.2 Every possible step will be taken to ensure that individuals are treated appropriately and fairly and that objective criteria are used in:
3.3 Students are expected to respect the Equal Opportunities policy and practices in their dealings with members of the NA College community and to behave in a way which reflects and appreciates the diversity of our community. Students should not discriminate against or harass any other member(s) of NA College and/or a member of the public.
4. Customers, Suppliers and Other People Not Employed by NA College
4.1 NA College will not discriminate unlawfully against students, visitors, contractors and any other identified third party using or seeking to use the facilities and services provided by the NA College.
4.2 Students should report any bullying or harassment by a member of staff, fellow student or other identified party to a member of staff in whom they feel they can confide, a member of the Safeguarding team or NA College Senior Team who will take appropriate action.
5.1 NA College will provide training in equal opportunities to all managers and others likely to be involved in recruitment or other decision-making where equal opportunities issues are likely to arise.
5.2 NA College will provide training to all existing and new employees and students, and others engaged to work and/or study at NA College to help them understand their rights and responsibilities under the Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy and what they can do to help create a training environment free of bullying and harassment.
5.3 NA College will provide additional training to relevant personnel on a regular basis to enable them to deal more effectively with complaints of bullying and harassment.
5.4 NA College will provide training to all students engaged in programmes.
6. Individual Responsibilities
6.1 Every employee and student are required to assist NA College to meet its commitment to provide equal opportunities in employment and study, and avoid unlawful discrimination
6.2 Breaches of NA College’s Equal Opportunities Policy including acts of discrimination, harassment, bullying or victimisation against employees, students or customers will be regarded as misconduct and subject to NA College's disciplinary procedures for staff and
Students respectively, depending on the status of the alleged perpetrator. Discrimination harassment, bullying or victimisation may constitute gross misconduct and could lead to dismissal from employment or exclusion from study without notice
7.1 If you consider that you may have been unlawfully discriminated against, you may use the complaints procedure (for students) to make a complaint. If your complaint involves bullying or harassment, the investigation will be conducted in line with the NA College’s Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy.
7.2 NA College will take any complaint seriously and will seek to resolve any complaint that it upholds. The complainant will not be penalised for raising a complaint, even if the complaint is not upheld, unless the complaint is both untrue and made in bad faith.
8. Access to the Policy
8.1 This policy is available to all students via the central drive, on induction and throughout the programme of learning.
8.2 The policy will be made available in alternative formats on request to HR.
9. Advice and Guidance on the Policy
9.1 The Management Team and delivery staff is responsible for ensuring students are provided with advice and guidance on the application of this policy.
9.2 Contractors, work placement providers and other external service providers engaged to do work for or on behalf of NA College will be required to adhere to the NA College’s Equal Opportunities Policy, if they do not have a similar policy within their own organisation.
10. Monitoring and Review
10.1 NA College will monitor this policy annually, or more frequently if required, to judge its effectiveness and it will be updated in accordance with changes in the law. In particular, NA College will monitor the ethnic and gender composition of the existing, student population and the number of people with disabilities within these groups.
The Equal Opportunities Policy will be reviewed in accordance with the results shown by the monitoring. If changes are required, NA College will implement them.
10.2 Information provided by student applicants for monitoring purposes will be used only for these purposes and will be dealt with in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
11. Other Relevant Policies/Acts/Support Agencies
11.1 This policy should be read in conjunction with the following:
11.3 Support Agencies