All our leaners can expect equality, inclusion and fairness. The learning experience should be free from bias and discrimination. We want our learners to understand what constitutes EDI both in their education setting and in their workplace.
- Encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion can boost morale and motivation resulting in better productivity.
- Properly established EDI can prevent serious issues arising, such as bullying, harassment and discrimination – If you encounter such problems, you should report them.
- EDI in the workplace can make it easier to attract and retain good staff, nurture ideas and problem solving and consequently make your company better at serving a diverse range of customers.
Equality in the workplace means equal job opportunities and fairness for employees and job applicants.
You must not treat people unfairly because of reasons protected by discrimination law (‘protected characteristics’). For example, because of sex, age or race.
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Diversity is the range of people in your workforce/setting. For example, this might mean people with different ages, religions, ethnicities, people with disabilities, and both men and women. It also means valuing those differences.
An inclusive environment means everyone feels valued. It lets all employees/learners/participants feel safe to:
- come up with different ideas
- raise issues and suggestions to managers/tutors, knowing this is encouraged
- try doing things differently to how they’ve been done before (with the appropriate safety measures and permission/approval)
An inclusive environment can help lower the risk of bullying, harassment and discrimination.