The Online Flexible Solution to Equality and Diversity

ConstructED Online has been developed with the construction industry in mind. The basis of this online training package, is to take any member of staff, irrespective of level of responsibility or location, and provide the essential awareness, skills and understanding to adopt best practice in equality and diversity in the workplace.

The programme leads directly to a certified completion, which ensures all staff who undertake the training can be recognised for their achievement, and also allows training and development programmes to be effectively monitored and maintained. The training modules build an understanding of employees own rights and responsibilities and more than just providing the legislative framework, the training helps embed a realistic understanding of what this means, and how it is applied in practice.

This programme differs from other online products on the market in the following key ways:

  • Depth of understanding and awareness generated as a result of the training package - For those companies already utilising ConstructEd Online there is a recognisable difference in the way the workforce operates as a result of undergoing the training. ConstructED online does more than just tick boxes for the sake of compliance, and gives employees a real shared understanding of how equality and diversity helps them, and what best practice principles they should adopt.
  • Relevance to the construction sector – The product has been designed for maximum flexibility and also for businesses with a complex structure, multiple divisions and where the hierarchy of the business means that staff of all levels of experience and responsibility can gain equal access to the training.
  • Simple implementation – For site based staff with limited access to IT, there is the option to deliver the training in convenient locations as groups, such as local colleges, so that training can be delivered conveniently and quickly. For organisations with multiple tiers of staff and high levels of mobility, training can be undertaken individually and without time restrictions, and so training can be taken when opportunities arise.
  • Complete Management and Recording – The training module for a single organisation is linked and so all registered employees can be tracked to ensure they complete training, and as all training is certified, both the employee and the HR team and training deliverer is assured that the training has been delivered fully.

ConstructED Online is available as on a demo basis for organisatons who are interested and can be accessed at http://www.aneltd.co.uk/services/equality-diversity/diagnostic/ For further information about ConstructED Online and what funding may be available to built environment contractors please contact John Raine on 0191 5166464.

Mark Carton

mark@lateraladvertising.co.uk

0191 5641444

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Simple, Effective Equality & Diversity Services for the Construction Sector Equality and diversity in the construction sector has long been a topic for discussion. Indeed some public bodies see the sector as a high risk area for discrimination. However, the time for discussion is over-it is now time for action! Recent legislation, statutory codes of practice and good practice guidance, that all impact on the sector, are prompting forward thinking organisations to re-evaluate their position on equality and diversity. For some, to not do so will be costly in terms of lost contracts and possible discrimination claims. Are you aware that: ◦ The Equality Act 2010 has strengthened the law on procurement and established new areas in legislation? ◦ The public sector equality duty, contained within the Act, requires public bodies to have due regard, whilst carrying out its functions, to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations? This will influence to whom they award contracts to. ◦ Employers are liable for acts of discrimination, harassment and victimisation committed by their employees whilst in the course of employment? ◦ Employers will not be liable for unlawful acts committed by their employees in the course of employment if the employer has taken all reasonable steps to prevent such acts? ◦ The cost of defending a claim on average is £9000, but reputational damage is incalculable? ◦ The construction sector has been identified as a potential high risk area where discrimination is more likely to occur? So, what does it all mean to you? Construction companies, of whatever size, need to be aware of the changes in legislation and, importantly, understand how the changes might impact on them as employers and providers of goods, works or facilities. The changes will affect you in a number of different ways: ◦ As an employer you have a higher risk of claims against you. ◦ As a service provider, you have a risk of claims against you from service users and or members of the general public. ◦ To secure new contracts you may be asked to PROVE your equality and diversity credentials in order to be awarded new work. Taking action to reduce your risks and improve your prospects of future work is easy. Our ConstructED services are designed specifically with your sector in mind. They will help you to take positive action to improve your reputation as an employer and service provider and minimise your risks. Our ConstructED services include: ◦ Equality Review; where are you now, leading to where do you need to be? ◦ Policies and Procedures Health Check; ◦ Equality and Diversity for Directors and Senior Managers; ◦ Equality and Diversity for Site Managers, including tool box talks; ◦ Accredited training for your in-house expert; ◦ ConstructED Online, cost effective training for site operatives and remote workers; ◦ Diversity Assured, a nationally recognised award offered by Committed2Equality.

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