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EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENT

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY POLICY STATEMENT

Consortia Training is fully committed to the principle of equality and diversity in recruitment, employment, training and assessment. We oppose all forms of unfair direct or indirect discrimination.
Consortia Training values the individuality of all learners and aims to give them every opportunity to achieve their potential. We positively welcome the diversity of personnel, learners and partners in relation to disability, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, transgender, pregnancy, maternity and marriage and civil partnership. Every learner will have their varied experiences and needs taken into account with high expectations for all. A broad and balanced curriculum will be offered. Consortia Training will seek to remove any barriers to learning and participation. The principle of fairness, justice and equal access for all through education and training will be promoted through adaptation to meet individual learner needs.

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Consortia Training will seek to ensure equality and diversity through:

  1. Forging positive partnership relationships with those who share our mission
  2. Ensuring that services will be equally accessible and relevant to the needs of different client groups.
  3. Raising awareness and monitoring appropriate recruitment, employment, development, promotion, redundancy or disciplinary practices and procedures that are embedded and upheld.
  4. Development of policies including consultation with groups affected.
  5. The training of all personnel responsible for Consortia Training funded delivery.
  6. Publicity for and access to services in relevant formats where necessary.
  7. Appropriate materials, teaching, learning, and documentation.
  8. Appropriate accurate, fair and reliable assessment inline with awarding organisation guidelines.
  9. Appropriate links within the community and other partnership arrangements.

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Equality and Diversity Policy

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY STATEMENT

Consortia Training believes that everyone is entitled to work in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. We are committed to ensuring, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of all employees, learners, and any other persons using premises belonging to, or rented by the company and its subcontractors.

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We also, in particular, recognise and accept our special duty of care towards learners involved in training programmes delivered by Consortia Training funded organisations. We are therefore committed to ensuring that any other persons or organisations who are contracted/subcontracted to Consortia Training, regardless of the purpose for which such an arrangement has been made, comply with health and safety regulations currently in force, giving due consideration to compliance and recognising that failure is a criminal offence.
It is the intention of Consortia Training to give effect to this policy by the provision of:
• Safe systems of work, safe equipment and healthy working conditions.
• Appropriate training, information, instruction and supervision to enable all employees and learners to avoid endangering themselves or others and to contribute positively to their own safety.

Consortia Training will promote and monitor health and safety whilst fulfilling statutory legal obligations.

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Health & Safety Policy

SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT

SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT

Consortia Training is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of all its learners and wants them to achieve and enjoy life and learning. Consortia Training recognises its responsibility to take all reasonable steps to promote safe practice and to protect learners from harm, abuse and exploitation.

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All personnel delivering to Consortia Training learners will be appropriately vetted for their suitability to work with children and vulnerable adults. They will be trained and developed to recognise, record and report any learner welfare concerns. Specially designated personnel in every organisation will be trained to deal with reported incidents and know how to contact relevant safeguarding authorities.
Learners will be encouraged to play an important part in the prevention of abuse and neglect. This Safeguarding Policy outlines ways Consortia Training intends to educate learners on issues, which can affect enjoyment and may potentially cause them ill health or harm and encourage learners to adopt healthy and happy lifestyles and knowledge of how to respond to concerns.
Consortia Training will promote and monitor safeguarding whilst fulfilling statutory legal obligations.

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Safeguarding Policy

BULLYING AND HARASSMENT POLICY STATEMENT

BULLYING AND HARASSMENT POLICY STATEMENT

Consortia Training is fully committed to providing a working environment that is free from bullying, harassment and victimisation of any kind. To this end, Consortia Training will take very seriously any allegations of bullying or harassment. Consortia Training believes everyone should be treated with dignity and respect at work. Bullying and harassment of any kind will not be tolerated in the workplace. After reading this policy, should you encounter bullying or harassment, you will know what to do about it and feel reassured that Consortia Training will help and support you to resolve any issues.

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This policy will:
• Outlines what constitutes as bullying and harassment and what form it may take.
• Reassure everyone that if a person makes a claim they will be protected from victimisation.
• Ensure that Consortia Training funded organisations, its personnel, partners, and learners are fully aware of their responsibility for keeping the workplace free of bullying, harassment or victimisation.
• Gives basic information about bullying and harassment
• Outline some of the options open to anyone who feels they may be being bullied or harassed and point you to sources of further information and advice.
• Make Consortia Training funded organisations, its personnel, partners, and learners aware of the complaint’s procedure and how it relates to harassment, bullying or victimisation claims.

Consortia Training will monitor for any bullying and harassment incidents within organisations and where appropriate intervene and support learners funded by Consortia Training and ensure all statutory legal obligations are fulfilled.

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Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCE POLICY STATEMENT

COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCE POLICY STATEMENT

Consortia Training is fully committed to the provision of support and training within a friendly environment. Wherever possible the vast majority of concerns, complaints or grievances will be dealt with informally within the Consortia Training funded organisation. The Grievance or Complaints Policy is to enable all parties that are involved with Consortia Training, the opportunity to lodge a grievance or complaint, in the knowledge they will be treated fairly and their concerns will not be trivialised.

 

Consortia Training and its funded organisations welcome feedback whether negative or positive and will, wherever possible, take on board complaints and use them to continuously develop and improve delivery for the benefit of learners, partners organisations, and its own personnel.

The Grievance and Complaints Policy has been produced to provide a uniform approach to dealing with grievances or complaints about the Consortia Training Funded Organisations and to ensure all matters are dealt with fairly and consistently.

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Grievances or Complaints referred to under this policy may be made by any Consortia Training funded organisation, its personnel, learners, or partner organisations involved in the training, assessment and support of learners.

The Procedure Outline:

At stage one – informal complaint made to the training centre (who will notify Consortia Training they have received a complaint).

At stage two – the learner (and/or parent and guardian for under 18 year old learners) will make a written complaint to a director for Consortia Training.

At stage three – if the learner (and/or parent and guardian for under 18 year old learners) is not satisfied then the complainant will be asked to make a written complaint to Consortia Training Head Office FAO Mr G. Iannantuoni, 22 Chapelgate, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6PJ, (if the complaint is against the named director another director’s details will be provided on request). A Complaint’s Panel will be appointed by the directors to deal with the complaint. This will consist of two directors (not previously involved) and an independent person. The decision of the panel is final.

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Grievance and Complaints Policy

DISCIPLINARY

DISCIPLINARY POLICY STATEMENT

Consortia Training is fully committed to supporting the development of organisations funded by Consortia Training, its personnel, learners and partner organisations with the provision of guidance and training within a friendly environment. We oppose all forms of harassment or bullying and will ensure that early intervention, assistance and advice wherever possible are used to prevent any need for evoking formal disciplinary procedures.
This Policy has been produced to meet the statutory requirements of current legislation. It will provide a uniform approach to discipline or actions in the event of a breach of contract and ensure all matters are dealt with fairly and consistently.
Disciplinary action may be taken when individuals or organisations fail to meet their agreed terms and conditions laid down in their agreements, contracts or their organisational codes unless a valid reason is provided.
Disciplinary action may be taken against any Consortia Training funded organisation, its personnel, a learner or partner organisation involved in the training, assessment and support of learners for breach of contract or agreement.
The Procedure
• Verbal warning
• Written Warning
• 2nd Written Warning
• End of agreement and/ or termination of training
Please note that there may be valid reason reasons why these procedures are followed in full, it will depend on the severity of the breach or misconduct.

Disciplinary Policy

FRAUD AND MISAPPROPRIATION POLICY STATEMENT

FRAUD AND MISAPPROPRIATION POLICY STATEMENT

The purpose of this policy is to formalise and standardise the actions to be taken by Consortia Training in the event that fraud or misappropriation is identified or suspected.
Consortia Training requires funded organisations’ personnel at all times to act honestly and with integrity to safeguard the resources for which they are responsible. All personnel are required to participate actively in protecting Consortia Training’s money and resources.

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Consortia Training promote an anti-fraud culture through the following:-
• A zero tolerance to fraud;
• Any allegation of fraud, anonymous or otherwise, will be investigated;
• Consistent handling of cases without regard to position held or length of service;
• Consideration of whether there have been failures of supervision. Where this has occurred, disciplinary action may be initiated against those responsible;
• Any losses resulting from fraud will be recovered, if necessary through civil action.

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Fraud & Misappropriation Policy

WHISTLE-BLOWING POLICY STATEMENT

WHISTLE-BLOWING POLICY STATEMENT

“Absolutely without fail – challenge poor practice or performance. If you ignore or collude with poor practice it makes it harder to sound the alarm when things go wrong” (reproduced with acknowledgement to “Sounding the Alarm” – Barnardos)
Consortia Training is committed to the highest standards of openness, honesty and accountability. It seeks to conduct its affairs in a responsible manner, taking into account the requirements of its funding bodies and the committee on standards in public life.

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Consortia Training recognises the need to ensure legal protection for personnel against being dismissed or penalised as a result of publicly disclosing certain serious concerns, if they are disclosed under procedures identified in the Act. It is a fundamental term of every contract of employment that all personnel will faithfully serve his or her employer and not disclose confidential information about the employer’s affairs. However, where an individual discovers information that they believe shows malpractice or wrongdoing within the organisation then this policy should be used to enable the individual to disclose the information without fear of reprisal.
It should be emphasised that this policy is intended to assist individuals who believe they have discovered malpractice or serious wrongdoing if they make the disclosure in accordance with the policy. It is not designed to question financial or business decisions taken by Consortia Training nor may it be used to reconsider any matters, which have already been addressed under harassment, complaint or disciplinary procedures.

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Whistle Blowing Policy

SUBCONTRACTOR INFORMATION

SUBCONTRACTING POLICY STATEMENT

Consortia Training is fully committed to growing and diversifying the range of courses it delivers to widen participation, and support emerging markets, meeting national, regional and local economic developments. In order to provide this Consortia Training will subcontract provision; only adopting organisations who can evidence high quality teaching and learning and the value of fairness, justice and equal access for all through education. The Subcontracting Charges Policy principle ensures that Consortia Training will support organisations who offer the very best resources for their learners and aim for excellence in all areas of their provision. This will be supported by receiving high levels of funding at an organisational level with sufficient retained for the quality assurance of the provision and the management of information.

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This policy applies to all supply chain activity supported by funds supplied by the Skills Funding Agency, or any successor organisation.
This strategy covers two key areas of subcontracting…
• Provision subcontracting where there is the delivery of full programmes or frameworks by the Subcontractor
• Service subcontracting where the delivery of a service as part of part of an Apprenticeship or framework .
Within both of these cases, Consortia Training retains full accountability for contract delivery.

SUBCONTRACTING FUNDING DETAILS

Consortia Training is committed to transparency in line with contractual requirement in publishing full funding paid and retained for each subcontractor.

Consortia Training Subcontractor Funding Details

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

This policy details the commitment of Consortia Training to be an environmentally friendly organisation; with the aim of creating sustainable working environments. Where possible all centres will endeavour to apply its aims to all aspects of their operation and curriculum delivery.

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Environmental and Sustainability issues impact on all activities of Consortia Training, and in particular on…

 

• Property strategy, space utilisation and maintenance of the centres
• Energy usage
• Water usage
• Use and recycling of paper and materials
• Health and safety
• Waste management
• Preventing pollution
• Purchasing strategies and contractual arrangements
• Curriculum delivery
• Relationships and partnerships with others in the local community
• Transport

 

It is the policy of Consortia Training to work towards a sustainable environment. In doing this centres will aspire to raise awareness and understanding of local, national and global environmental issues and, through its own practices, strive to conserve, sustain and improve the environment.

 

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The Environmental & Sustainability Policy

PREVENT POLICY

PREVENT POLICY

Prevent is a key strand of the Government’s Counter-Terrorism strategy ‘CONTEST’ it’s main objective is to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Early intervention is critical to this strategy in diverting people away from being drawn into terrorist activity. Prevent is also about recognising, supporting and protecting people who might be susceptible to radicalisation.

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The Prevent Duty Objectives are….

Ideology: Respond to the challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it.
Individuals: Prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given advice and support.
Institution: Works with sectors and centres where there are risks of radicalisation, which are needed to be addressed.

 

The current threat from terrorism and extremism in the United Kingdom is real; it can involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children and Young people. Consortia Training Ltd and all subcontracting staff must have an awareness of the Prevent agenda and the various forms of radicalisation and terrorism. Staff must also be able to recognise signs and indictors or concerns and respond appropriately.

 

The Government defines the terms Radicalisation and Extremism as follows…

Radicalisation: Defined as the process by which people come to support terrorism and extremism; in some cases to then participate in terrorist groups.
Extremism: Defined as vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of difference faiths and beliefs. Also included within this definition of extremism are calls for the death of members of the British Armed Forces, whether in the UK or overseas.

 

The Channel Programme forms part of the Prevent Duty and was established to focus on providing support at an early stage to people who are identified as being vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism.

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The Prevent Policy

CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that the integrity of Consortia Training, the learning programs and the qualifications that Consortia Training delivers are protected. This policy will also provide guidance on handling possible conflicts of interest that may arise, as a result of Consortia Training and its subcontractors’ role as deliverers of training programmes and apprenticeships. The policy will outline who is responsible for managing any areas of conflict of interest that may arise.

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What is a conflict of interest?

A conflict of interest is a situation in which an individual, or organisation has competing interests or loyalties. In the case of an individual, the conflict of interest could compromise Consortia Training or appear to compromise the individual’s effectiveness in their job role if not properly managed. Some examples of conflicts of interest are: when an individual has a position of authority in one organisation that conflicts with their interests in another organisation; when an individual has interests that conflict with their professional position; where someone works for or carries work out on behalf of Consortia Training but may have interests, paid or unpaid, in another business which is in competition with Consortia Training funded services or delivers similar services or where a Consortia Training funded member of staff has friends or relatives undertaking Consortia Training programmes, assessments and exams. (These are examples only and this is not exhaustive list.) This also applies where a subcontracting agreement is being considered.
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Conflict of Interest Policy