Transitions is committed to addressing and challenging discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst both the wider labour market, our stakeholder network and our workforce, including volunteers. Our aim is to work towards promoting equality and diversity in London’s workforce and in London’s labour market mechanisms. We have particular interest in supporting the equalities related interests of refugee professionals.Transitions has a corporate Objective to collaboratively lobby to challenge and address issues of inequality, with particular reference to refugee professionals.
Transitions will ensure active compliance with all relevant legislation: Equality Act 2010. We aim to promote Equality and Diversity over and above our legal requirements and to champion the case for positive action and policy changes to better address the multiple
disadvantages experienced by refugee professionals in the London labour market. To that end, the purpose of this policy is to provide equality and fairness for all Transitions stakeholders. Each employee, volunteer and stakeholder should feel respected and able to give of their best. In our careers guidance and employment support operations and regarding employment and volunteering within Transitions and relating to our conduct towards all stakeholders, we aim not to discriminate against any persons because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We oppose all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.
This policy covers all aspects of Transitions’ activities, including advertising & publicity, selection, setting up and monitoring volunteering, recruitment services for employers & refugee candidates, recruitment to Transitions and training, the Transitions stakeholders’ advisory network and any other activities.
Definition of Transitions’ stakeholders: Transitions’ stakeholders are individuals or organisations who are served or supported by Transitions, or who advise, assist or feedback to Transitions, within its objectives. This includes: refugee professionals, refugee advisers, refugee community organisations and agencies, careers practitioners and agencies, employers, placement providers, professional bodies, statutory bodies such as DWP, JCP, UKBA and BIS, and other relevant individuals and organisations.
Breaches of Transitions’ equality and diversity policy by our staff and volunteers will be regarded as misconduct and could lead to disciplinary proceedings.
Equalities & Diversity Monitoring: To ensure that this policy is operating effectively (and for no other purpose) Transitions maintains records of refugee candidates’ and employees' and applicants' racial origins, gender, age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
Positive Action: Timetabled targets will be set for groups in the community that are identified as being underrepresented in the Transitions workforce, in particular, refugee professionals. Where necessary, special steps, as permitted by the relevant Acts of Parliament, will be taken to help disadvantaged and/or underrepresented groups to compete for roles on a genuine basis of equality.
Overall Responsibility: The Quality Standards and Evaluations director of Transitions is responsible for the effective operation of the company's EDP. A copy of this policy is available from the Quality Standards and Evaluations director. [email protected].