Equality and Diversity Policy

This policy aims to protect staff, learners and any related third party from discrimination. Yorkshire Independent Roofing Training Group aims to prevent any discrimination related to the nine protected characteristics within the Equality Act 2010, which are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.


The Group Training Officer is responsible for ensuring that this policy is published, implemented and accessible to all personnel, learners and any relevant third parties. The Group Training Officer will also ensure that all personnel have read and understood this policy and that any amendments to the policy are communicated to relevant parties.


Different Types of Discrimination



Direct Discrimination


Where someone is treated less favourably than another person because of a protected characteristic.



Discrimination by Perception


A person being treated differently due to others thinking they have a disability when they do not.



Indirect Discrimination


A person or organisation has arrangements in place that seem to treat everyone in an equal, non-discriminatory way but these arrangements put people with the same disability at a disadvantage to others who do not have a disability.





Behaviour that is deemed offensive by the recipient. This could be a person creating an environment that is intimidating, degrading, and/or offensive.





When an organisation puts a person at a disadvantage because they have made an allegation or supported an allegation about discrimination.




Yorkshire Independent Roofing Training Group aims to promote equal opportunities and eliminate discrimination by:


  • Ensuring that all staff, learners and any related third parties are treated equally at all times.
  • Ensuring that all staff are responsible for creating an open and friendly learning environment.
  • Ensuring that staff selected for employment will be based on aptitude and ability.
  • Ensuring that a learner enrolling onto a course has completed an initial assessment and meet the pre-requisites of the qualification/course.
  • Ensuring that learners are aware of the access arrangement (special consideration/ reasonable adjustments) procedures offered by Training Providers to support learners with their assessment
  • Taking all allegations or incidents of discrimination seriously and responding to them swiftly.
  • Ensuring a zero tolerance on any acts of discrimination on the nine protected characteristics outlined in the Equality Act 2010.



Access to Assessment Arrangements


Yorkshire Independent Roofing Training Group is committed to providing ongoing support to learners and members with particular requirements to prevent any discrimination. We provide accessible services to learners through reasonable adjustments to assessment and applying for special consideration where these are required, to support learners completing each course to their full ability.


Access arrangements ensure that the conduct of reasonable adjustments and special considerations reduce substantial disadvantage caused due to a learner’s disability or difficulty. In accordance with the Equality Act 2010, we have a commitment to provide access for learners with particular needs to prevent discrimination in the delivery of qualifications and the assessment of learners.


Reasonable Adjustments

Reasonable adjustments to assessment are adjustments made prior to the delivery of a qualification and are in place before a learner takes an assessment to enable a learner with particular needs to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding to the levels of attainment required by the specification for that qualification/course.

It is the learner’s responsibility to make Yorkshire Independent Roofing Training Group aware of any required reasonable adjustments to assessment. Yorkshire Independent Roofing Training Group will then work with the Training Provider.


Special Considerations

Special Considerations are an arrangement put in place at the time of an assessment to allow competence to be demonstrated by learners who have been disadvantaged due to a temporarily experienced illness, injury or an adverse effect outside of the learners control.




To ensure that we can assist learners in managing their individual situation and create an accessible learning and assessment environment for all, we intend to:


  • ensure this equality and diversity policy is understood and complied with by any personnel involved in assessment and also by learners.
  • promote equality within each learning programme and in the conduct of all qualification assessments.
  • adhere to related procedures and regulations regarding reasonable adjustments and special consideration; requesting permission to grant these for each learner from the Training provider.
  • ensure buildings and assessment sites used for delivery and assessment are accessible to all learners, as far as is practicable.
  • ensure appropriate equipment/personnel (including technological equipment or any assistant personnel, i.e. reader, scribe, practical assistant, etc.) is available for selected adjustments to delivery and/or assessment.
  • use assistive equipment and personnel within the reasonable adjustments framework, as outlined by the Training provider, without disadvantaging others who are not affected by particular requirements.




Procedure to Request a Reasonable Adjustment or Special Consideration


All applications should be sent to denise@yirtg.org.uk.