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Fairness, inclusion and respect awareness

Standard details

The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge relating to: equality and diversity.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum half-day of three learning hours.


The purpose of this standard is to provide candidates with the knowledge relating to: equality and diversity.

The scope of this standard covers the following:

  • Fairness, inclusion, respect, equality, diversity, bias,perceptions, expectations,stereotypes, personality, culture, values, consistency, transparency, sharing knowledge, collaboration, reputation, change, communication, and people skills
  • Types of discrimination
  • Individual and team behaviours at work
  • The importance of equality and diversity
  • Main standards, services, and legislation for equality and diversity.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard is relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • Support and administrative

  • Operative and craft

  • Supervision

  • Management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A Train the Trainer or instructional techniques course certificate

  • Successfully completed training to this standard

  • At least two years relevant industrial experience

  • A verifiableCV.


The following methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • Classroom

  • E-learning

  • A blend of classroom and e-learning

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.

This standard is set at a basic level.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end-of-course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis.They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Norenewal/refreshment requirements- there are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

June 2020

Review cycle

Three years from approval date or on request.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Describe the topics of equality and diversity

To include:

  • Fairness, inclusion and respect
  • Describe the types and categories of discrimination
  • Unconscious bias, perceptions, expectations and stereotypes
  • Personality, culture and values
  • Consistency, transparency and sharing knowledge
  • Collaboration, reputation, change, communication and people skills

Describe the types and categories of discrimination and the different ways in which this may be carried out

To include the following categories;

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief or lack of either
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

for at least three of the following types of discrimination:

  • Direct
  • Indirect
  • Harassment
  • Victimisation
  • Perceptive
  • Associative
  • Positive

Give examples of positive individual,team and management attitudes and behaviour sto help ensure removal of discrimination at work

Using three of the followingtypes and categories:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief or lack of either
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation
  • Communication
  • Third party harassment
  • Mental health
  • Health and wellbeing

Describe the value of equality and diversity to a construction company

To include:

  • Making the construction industry more attractive to new entrants
  • Helping the construction industry retain existing workforce
  • Other business benefits such as: construction workforce through better communication and teamwork; construction business though more diverse input and views; better legal compliance; reputational dividend.

Describe the main standards, services, and legislation for equality and diversity

To include consideration of:

  • Equality Act 2010, Human Rights Act 1998 and its practical implications

and company policies including consideration of the following factors:

  • Recruitment in construction including ex-offenders
  • Workforce imbalance, e.g. gender, ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ+
  • Renumeration imbalance
  • Terminology used.

Reasonable adjustments for those protected by the Equality Act and potentially others to ensure inclusion of:

  • Ladies’ and gender-neutral room facilities on construction sites
  • Prayer room facilities on construction sites
  • Access facilities
  • Changing facilities on construction sites - gender specific
  • Adequate and appropriate PPE for all those working on-site
  • Health and safety control measures
  • Methods of work.

Additional information

Equality and Human Rights Act 2010

Examples of other relevant legislation

  • Civil Partnership Act 2004
  • Marriage (same sex couples) Act 2013
  • GenderRecognition Act 2004
  • Protection from Harassment Act1997
  • Rehabilitation ofOffenders Act 1974
  • FlexibleWorkingRegulations 2006/2007/2009
  • Equal Pay Act 1970

ACAS service

Equality and Human Rights Commissions


International standards

  • ISO 44001 Collaborative business relationships management system.