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Company gears up to comply with the Equality Act

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Staff from the Ethical Property Company have all attended Equality and Diversity training Staff from the Ethical Property Company have all attended Equality and Diversity training

The Ethical Property Company, which provides office, meeting and retail space to charities, social enterprises, voluntary and campaign groups across the UK, has commissioned Equality and Diversity training for all of its’ staff.

The aim of the training is to provide staff with an insight into the relevance and value of Equality and Diversity.

The company has commissioned a series of in-house half day sessions, which are being delivered by award winning and workplace training and consultancy company, HearFirst.

The training will be delivered to over 50 members of staff across three locations in Oxford, Bristol and London, providing staff within the company’s 15 centres to have the opportunity to attend.

Feedback after the first session has already proved to be very popular which informed staff about the importance of Equality and Diversity, what the Equality Act is and the benefits to organisations and employees, an increased understanding of their responsibilities under the legislation and how to feel confident in encouraging good practice within the organisation.

Laura Campbell, Head of HR and Internal Communications at The Ethical Property Company, said: “The Ethical Property Company takes equality and diversity very seriously. All of our employees are attending the training and we hope to run another session later in the year to provide training to those few who were unable to attend the first four planned dates.

“HearFirst were the ideal choice to deliver this training and we are so pleased with the results. The trainers were knowledgeable and engaging and I have had very positive feedback from all our attending employees.”

Julie Ryder, Director and Founder of HearFirst said: “As soon as we commenced training, it was clear that The Ethical Property Company already embraces diversity. 

“Both staff and management already have positive attitudes towards Equality and Diversity.  Our job has been to harness and grow that enthusiasm and to increase knowledge around the Equality Act.

“Once the training program is completed, the organisation will feel confident in being an exemplar landlord providing services over and above Equality Act requirements.”  

The company was established in 1998 and has built up an impressive portfolio of managed workspace to social change organisations.  It owns 15 centres and manages a further seven centres in England and Scotland.  It also has interests in a further three centres in Belgium and France, which are all managed to minimise energy use, waste, car travel and the use of harmful materials.

HearFirst provides a full range of equality & diversity training courses to organisations across the UK.  For more information on Deaf, disability awareness and BSL training, please contact Julie at HearFirst on 01706 872 816 or visit www.hearfirst.org.uk

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