SFEDI Awards is an equal opportunities employer. The company is committed to development of policies to provide for equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and service delivery. This paper sets out the company’s commitment and as a statement of its intent.

The policy will be reviewed regularly and not less than once per annum, to ensure continued and effective implementation

The company will take whatever steps are necessary including, if appropriate, use of disciplinary mechanisms, to enforce the policy. In addition, any employee, director, member, volunteer or trainee who considers that he or she is suffering from unequal treatment on any grounds may implement the grievance procedure

Management will bring to the attention of all employees the provisions of the policy and will provide such training as is necessary to ensure the effective implementation of the policy.

The Manager shall have responsibility for the operation of the policy. However, all employees have a duty to do everything they can to ensure that the policy operates in practice.

The company wishes to secure genuine equality of opportunity whether required by legislation or not, in all aspects of its activities as an employer and service provider (including those service regulated by government). To this end, the company will take every reasonable and practicable step to ensure that there be no discrimination against any individual or individuals and where it is reasonable to do so will take steps to address identified inequalities or barriers that may arise between: people of different religious beliefs, staff, directors, beneficiaries, trainees, learners, disabled and non disabled people, people of different sexual orientation, people of different political opinion, those with dependants and those without, age, marital status, service users, regardless of gender, marital status, race or other criteria.

To ensure that this commitment is carried out, SFEDI Awards checks all drafts of its work to ensure that they:

Are written in clear, straightforward language so that they can be understood by people regardless of their level of education or fluency with English
Comply with current equalities legislation and practice
Are accessible to all people regardless of religion, beliefs and/or racial groups; age; sex or sexual orientation; marital status or whether they have dependents; disabled status; or political opinions.

The above points are represented within SFEDI Awards’ equality check which also includes points to check that SFEDI Awards’ work does not discriminate against small businesses who often find learning solutions difficult to access due to funding, language, format or structure.

Equal Opportunities Procedures in the Development of Units and Rules of Combination
Check that current units, qualification structures and rules of combination do not discriminate against particular groups. This should be undertaken while collecting evidence on market needs prior to the development of units or rules of combination, including reviewing annual learner feedback.

Where it is deemed necessary to develop specific units to meet the needs of particular groups a rationale for their development should be made. Although they should always be developed so that they are accessible to people outside of that group.

Check draft assessments, units and rules of combination against SFEDI’s Equality Check. This should be done by the Qualifications Manager

Amend draft assessments so that they meet the criteria listed in SFEDI’s Equality Check. Where draft assessments, units and rules of combination are found to not meet the criteria listed in SFEDI’s Equality Check they should be amended to ensure that they do. This should be done by the people specified in 3 above.

Where there are existing assessment methods, check that they offer equality of access to all groups without discriminating against any groups or individuals.

When designing assessment methods for individual units or groups of units, consult with centre representatives to make sure that the proposals are inclusive and offer equality of access to potential learners. This should happen during the qualification development process where centre representatives are part of the development process and by collecting feedback from centre representatives on draft assessment methods. Amend assessment methods accordingly.

SFEDI Awards Qualifications Manager should check draft assessment methods against SFEDI’s Equality Check.

SFEDI Awards Qualifications Manager to make any necessary amendments to the proposed assessment methods, (or instruct associate to make the amendments) so that they meet the criteria in SFEDI’s Equality Check.