Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Celebrating our differences

At Bournemouth & Poole College we champion equality and diversity, and for us it’s all about being pro-active, practical and positive.

The college offers an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome and where our staff are comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. We strive to create environments that reflect the communities we serve, to be yourself. We employ our staff based on their abilities and potential, and welcome individuals from all walks of life. 

College Values
We want to ensure that the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are at the core of our work and this is underpinned by our college values. The abilities of disabled people are recognised and valued at all levels of the organisation through: 
•    focussing on what employees can do rather than what they cannot do
•    challenging stereotypes about disabled people and in particular, not making assumptions about an individual’s ability; 
•    making appropriate reasonable adjustments in the workplace so that all employees can reach their full potential regardless of any disability
 
Equality is about being valued for who and what we are

This helps us to achieve our best without unfair obstacles, stigma or stereotyping, or being restricted by anyone’s expectations of our ability.

In practice, equality means three things for all of us:

  • Being able get to, into and around the College, and complete the learning journey, with equal ease and dignity
  • Having a sense of belonging and being well looked after
  • Feeling the place, the programmes and the policies have been designed with us in mind 
We value diversity

It makes the College a more creative place to learn and work.

We celebrate the fact that our students, staff, partners and friends are from different social and ethnic backgrounds, different sexualities and genders, and a range of ages, cultures and faiths. One of our core college values is - A champion for equality through learning - we are consistent, fair and innovative in the way we deliver our learning opportunities

In practice, this means:

  • Seeing and hearing people like ourselves around – as students and staff – so that the College mirrors the diversity of society
  • Listening to different points-of-view to improve how we run the place
  • Valuing our differences as well as the things we have in common
We are Disability Confident 

We are registered as a Disability Confident Committed Employer which means we are committed to:

•    Ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive 
•    Offering a guaranteed interview to any applicant who declares they have a disability on the application form and who meets the minimum criteria for the position

If you are invited for interview, you will be asked if you need any reasonable adjustments in order to attend and we will make these wherever possible.

Examples could include:
•    car parking space
•    accessible interview room
•    arranging for assistance with communication
•    option to be accompanied by a carer, assistant or other support person

We are committed to ensuring there will be no discrimination against any applicant, either directly or indirectly, on grounds of disability.  This commitment extends across your employment, including training, working conditions, treatment at work, promotion or dismissal.