(Agreed by the Personnel Committee November 2011 & ratified by KMT Management Board December 2011)
Kent & Medway Training (KMT) is committed in their pursuit of academic excellence, to equality of opportunity, and to a pro-active and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity.
KMT is therefore committed to a policy and practice, which requires that, for trainees, admission to KMT and progression within their studies will be determined only by the application of criteria related to the requirements outlined by the Secretary of State and personal merit. For staff, entry into employment with KMT and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and by the application of criteria that are related to the duties and conditions of each particular post and the needs of the organisation.
Subject to statutory provisions no applicant for admission as a trainee, or for a staff appointment, or member of staff, will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of sex (including gender reassignment), marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or age. For trainees, ability to meet the requirements of the selection criteria for competitive admission and for staff, ability to perform the job, will be the primary consideration.
If any person admitted as a trainee or appointed as an employee considers that he or she is suffering from unequal treatment on any of the above grounds in his or her admission, appointment, or progression whilst studying or employed at KMT, he or she may make a complaint, which will be dealt with through the agreed procedures for grievances.
KMT will take active steps to promote good practice. In particular it will:
- Promote equality of opportunity.
- Promote good relations between people of different racial groups, between women and men and between disabled and non-disabled people.
- Have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination on grounds of race, sex, disability, and all other grounds covered by the Equality Act.
- Subject its policies to continuous assessment in order to examine how they affect all under-represented groups, especially ethnic minority trainees and staff, women, and disabled trainees and staff, and to identify whether its policies help to achieve equality of opportunity for all these groups, or whether they have an adverse impact.
- Monitor the recruitment and progress of all trainees and staff, paying particular attention to the recruitment and progress of ethnic minority trainees and staff, women, and disabled trainees and staff.
- Promote an inclusive culture, good practice in teaching, learning, and assessment, and good management practice, through the development of codes of best practice, policies, and training.
- Take positive action wherever possible to support this policy and its aims.
- Publish this policy widely amongst staff and trainees, together with policy assessments and results of monitoring.
KMT will meet all statutory obligations under relevant legislation and, where appropriate, anticipate future legal requirements signaled under EU Directives.
The policy will be amended as appropriate to meet the demands of future legislation.