Equality and Diversity

Gen2 is fully committed to eliminating discrimination and actively promoting equality of opportunity and diversity for our staff and learners in line with our strategy. We believe that where equality of opportunity exists, all staff and learners work in a more rewarding and less stressful environment, one where prejudice and harassment are not accepted, and one which is more likely to enhance performance and achievement. Accordingly, Gen2 will foster and encourage sensitivity to diversity among its employees and customers. We will seek to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that respects the dignity of staff and learners and assists everyone to achieve their full potential. We value all our staff and the contribution they can make. We welcome the differences amongst them and believe that those differences give added depth to our work. We aspire to make the greatest possible use of their talent and capabilities and to provide real opportunities for their professional development.

We are strongly committed to providing our community with equitable access to our service and to our employees, equal advancement opportunities without regard to race, creed, sex, colour, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, marital status, or disability. We are also strongly committed to providing our staff with a workplace free from prejudice and discrimination, where the personal dignity and worth of each individual is appreciated and celebrated. We recognise it is the responsibility of every member of our staff to help achieve this inclusive and supportive environment, and to promote good relations between groups by being tolerant and having respect for diversity. Where there are instances of activity which may undermine good relations, and to assist staff and learners in maintaining a balance between individual freedoms and expectations of conduct, Gen2 has policies in place to address such matters. We will ensure that we comply with all legislation and good practice by introducing, implementing and regularly reviewing policies and procedures. We will aim to review, monitor and implement procedures for compliance with legislation through our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Strategy and action plans.

 

Gen2 Equality Objectives

Equality and Diversity Objectives 2012-2016

Introduction

Gen2s Chief Executive Officer reinforces the commitment in the Equal Opportunity & Diversity Policy Statement; Mike Smith; “We are strongly committed to providing our community with equitable access to our service and to our employees and equal advancement opportunities with regard to the 9 protected characteristics.  We are also strongly committed to providing our staff with a workplace free from prejudice and discrimination, where the personal dignity and worth of each individual is appreciated and celebrated”.

To comply with the Equality Act 2010;

A gender analysis has highlighted; although Gen2 are exceeding the National benchmark of women in engineering year, on year, this is predominately in the West of the County.  This information has been the foundation of us developing a four year equality objective, as detailed below;

Equality Objective 2012 – 2016: The objective must be specific and measurable and monitored on a regular basis

To increase women in engineering in the North & South of the County to 3%, this will give us a company overall target of 13%.  This is three times higher than the National average.

The target will be monitored by the E&D Task Group, who will keep the Executive team informed of the progress.

A campaign will be designed following focus groups with the Gen2 existing female learners to determine what attracted them into engineering and learn how to help break down the stereotypes and appeal to more females in the hard to reach areas. We will use existing female apprentices to visit schools, career events and take a number of photo shoots and use the images on billboards, newspaper adverts and posters. We will work with existing potential employers to promote the benefits of a female workforce.

Stephen Kings, Quality Manager and E&D Designated Person

GE Equality and Diversity Designated Persons

  • Stephen Kings - 01900 701300
  • Heidi Clements – 01900 701300