ConstructED Online - Helps Building Contractors Win More Public Sector Business by Tackling Inequality

ConstructED Online is leading the way in best practice within the construction industry, thanks to an innovative new online training product, designed specifically to develop a workforce on equality and diversity issues.

The online service is versatile so that companies can train the majority of their workforce, quickly, cost effectively and demonstrate instantly, that they have a commitment to tackling inequality.

Added to the flexibility and ease of use, the service is now being offered with funding support, so for many construction companies, the cost of updating, informing and developing their staff could be nominal or even free of charge.

ConstructED Online points to the Equality and Human Rights Commission Report which highlights good practice in the construction sector: ‘Contractors who can evidence their commitment to tackling inequality stand to compete more effectively for public sector contract opportunities.’

Built for site operatives, remote workers and administrative support staff, ConstructED Online is a web based training and awareness system which can be used wirelessly to ensure a site based workforce understand the law and how equality and diversity applies to them. The training is designed for all employees regardless of role, and ensures minimum disruption for a busy team.

The system also has an in-built assessment which allows all employees to receive a certificate for successfully completing this online module. There really is no more convenient way of developing a workforce and complying with the latest legislation. It also provides a significant competitive edge in public sector contract tenders.

With public sector procurement processes now routinely scoring construction companies on equality and diversity practices, the benefits of demonstrating a robust approach is significant.

As an example of the competitive opportunity available for construction companies, John Raine from ConstructED Online looked at what was happening in the North East public procurement sector. John commented: ‘In the NEPO Annual Report 2012, it reported there were 163 PQQs and 492 ITTs issued, with £1.83billion of contracts awarded to North East Businesses. Construction is the second largest category/sector for public sector contract awards through NEPO, and demonstrates the huge business opportunity which is represented through this process. The message from the public sector to construction companies is crystal clear.’

For further information about ConstructED Online and what funding may be available to built environment contractors please contact John Raine on 0191 5166464, johnr@aneltd.co.uk or register online at http://www.aneltd.co.uk/services/equality-diversity/diagnostic/

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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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The online service is versatile so that companies can train the majority of their workforce, quickly, cost effectively and demonstrate instantly, that they have a commitment to tackling inequality
John Raine - ConstructED Online
In the NEPO Annual Report 2012, it reported there were 163 PQQs and 492 ITTs issued, with £1.83billion of contracts awarded to North East Businesses. Construction is the second largest category/sector for public sector contract awards through NEPO, and demonstrates the huge business opportunity which is represented through this process. The message from the public sector to construction companies is crystal clear.
John Raine - ConstructED Online