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Equality North East

Equality Standard : Case Studies

Shape Training

Shape Training provides a range of well-established and flexible training packages to meet both employers and learner’s needs. Shape has helped numerous people to gain employment and to achieve qualifications.

To further support their potential employers and learners they decided to embark on the Equality Standard Gold Award. Equality and diversity knowledge of a couple of staff was already extensive but they felt that they needed to raise awareness internally to all colleagues and learners and externally to existing and potential employers.

They found the support from their Equality North East Standard adviser, ‘very pleasant at all stages of the process,’ which made the process straightforward but they found taking time to collate the evidence needed for their portfolio quite challenging. Daily jobs took precedent but through team work they managed to produce and extensive portfolio. Collating the information was made easier through their action plan being linked to their existing quality improvement plan. This document is on-going and relates to the organisation as a whole with specific emphasis on teaching, learning and assessment.

Although they found the Standard experience more detailed than they first thought, it did help to identify gaps in their practices but also consolidated their strengths.

Further benefits from achieving the Standard are that it enhances their reputation with the community and public sector both of which are further supported by their corporate and social responsibility which is taken very seriously. It also demonstrated that Shape is a good employer with sound equality and diversity practices. They have also raised their Ofsted grade, achieved IIP and Matrix Standards.

Shape would have no issues recommending the Standard to likeminded businesses for the reason that it shares good practice.

“The journey enhanced our policies and procedures, changed mind-sets and attitudes resulting in a positive culture change. Outcome is that E&D is now seen as an integral part of our business and not a bolt on activity,” Simon Healey, Shape Training.

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August 29, 2013

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