Equal Opportunities Policy

DP 3.15 Equal Opportunities Statement Policy

 Direct Partners Equal Opportunity Policy is that in the recruitment, selection, education and assessment of students and in the recruitment, selection, training, appraisal, development and promotion of staff, the only consideration must be that the individual meets or is likely to meet the requirements of the programme or course or post.

The requirements being met, no student or employee will be discriminated against on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality, disability, marital or civil partnership status, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, caring or parental responsibilities, age, or beliefs on matters such as religion and politics.

Direct Partners is committed to provide a learning, working and social environment in which the rights and dignity of all its members are respected and which is free from discrimination, prejudice, intimidation and all forms of harassment including bullying.

This policy means that all students and employees of Direct Partners have the right to study or work in an environment free from discrimination, prejudice and all forms of harassment or bullying.

Direct Partners is committed to a programme of action to ensure that this and other equalities policies are implemented and monitored at an organisational and individual level.


Factors such as sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, ethnic origin, race, religion, colour, nationality, political beliefs, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, disability and age should not be taken into account for the purposes of:



Recruitment, appointment, training, appraisal, promotion, discipline etc



Application to and acceptance on to a course of study and assessment of academic performance

Selection for a course of study or for a job should be made solely on merit.



This policy statement is available to all learners and staff and will be reviewed annually. Staff development will be given to staff to ensure that this policy is implemented. Equal opportunities practices will be promoted through the generation, dissemination and monitoring of specific guidelines, action plans and codes of practice, which are regularly reviewed. Equal opportunities will be an integral aspect of all centre operations.

Direct Partners ensure equal opportunities and equality are met through our own staff recruitment and engaging with employers and candidates.

We can demonstrate this through our:

  • Equal Opportunities Statement

–     Implementation & recording of SDS Equality Monitoring Form

  • Candidate Registration Form
  • DP1 database
  • Candidate Induction Feedback

We actively engage with all relevant Scottish agencies to meet demand of local communities and individuals to give them equal opportunity to enhance skills and/or career progression.

Initial assessment / interviews help identification and use of different methods of assessment to support their individual needs.

We strongly believe in everyone having the same chances, irrespective of race, religion, nationality, age or sex. We can demonstrate we measure suitability for courses consistently and produce training plans to suit individual needs.

Direct Partners Ltd see everyone as equal and over the past 2 years have opened up our range of courses to make learning more accessible to all … see EF, Employability, One Day Course Records & Individual Candidate Records.

If a candidate, employee or agency has reason to feel that Direct Partners are not upholding this policy statement they should discuss their concerns in person with the Centre Quality Assurance Co-Ordinator.