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Introduction

As a company, we are dedicated to helping improve our students’ lives through learning. Our motto is “It’s never too late”. We believe that all individuals associated with our business should have the access required to education and employment that will help further improve their circumstances.

Modern slavery is contrary to our core purpose to promote and advance learning and our values and beliefs. We are committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all our activities and supply chains. This statement sets out the actions taken to reduce the potential modern slavery risks related to our business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that our activities and our supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. The statement is effective from December 2020, following approval by the NCFE Board of Trustees. This statement is published in accordance with the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015, which requires that companies publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. This includes slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour, as well as human trafficking.

About NCFE

NCFE is a leading provider of educational services and as a not-for-profit organization has a strong heritage in learning and has been at the forefront of technical and vocational education for over 170 years. NCFE design, develop and certify diverse, nationally recognized qualifications and awards, which have contributed to the success of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Our core purpose is to promote and advance learning, with an emphasis on supporting social mobility and prosperity. Our purpose is what connects our people and creates a vibrant and high performing culture. This statement applies to all activities of NCFE, an Awarding Organization (AO) nationally recognized by the qualification regulators for each country of the United Kingdom. NCFE is regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment in Northern Ireland.

About The Adult Learning Centre

The adult Learning Centre is a new training centre Based in the heart of the Batley community. We aim to deliver these nationally recognised qualifications on behalf of the NCFE to learners wishing to return to education within local community-based learning. We promise to deliver these qualifications to a high standard whilst supporting our learners to be motivated to be engaged and to achieve.

Definitions Modern

Slavery is a term used to encapsulate offences in the Modern Slavery Act 2015: slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour; and human trafficking. These are defined as: Slavery and Servitude Slavery: Slavery is the status or condition of a person over whom all or any of the powers attaching to the right of ownership are exercised. Since legal ‘ownership’ of a person is not possible, the key element of slavery is the behaviour on the part of the offender as if he/ she did own the person, which deprives the victim of their freedom. Servitude is the obligation to provide services that are imposed by the use of coercion and includes the obligation for a ‘serf’ (person working in servitude) to live on another person’s property and the impossibility of changing his or her condition. Forced or Compulsory Labour: Forced or compulsory labour is defined in international law by the ILO’s Forced Labour Convention 29 and Protocol. It involves coercion, either direct threats of violence or more subtle forms of compulsion. The key elements are that work or service is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the person has not offered him/herself voluntarily.

Human Trafficking:

An offence of human trafficking requires that a person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person with a view to that person being exploited. The offence can be committed even where the victim consents to the travel. This reflects the fact that a victim may be deceived by the promise of a better life or job or maybe a child who is influenced to travel by an adult. The exploitation of the potential victim does not need to have taken place for the offence to be committed.

Responsibilities

 Policies:

Policies are the responsibility of the relevant function in this case The Adult Learning Centre and are developed by subject matter experts and through consultation with the wider business and approved by the Executive Team and Board, as required. All policies are reviewed in line with our policy governance framework.

 Supply Chain Management:

NCFE is responsible for overseeing these policies and is responsible for reviewing the supply chain management with regard to modern slavery and appropriate mechanisms to assess risk.

Associated Policies

The Adult Learning Centre under the guidance of NCFE operates the following policies that describe our approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in our operations.

Whistleblowing policy:

 The Adult Learning Centre encourages all its workers, customers and, other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities or the supply chains of the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The Adult Learning Centres whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make protected disclosures. Employees, customers, or others who have concerns can report these to the Centre Manager directly.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy:

 The Adult Learning Centre recognises the right of every individual to stay safe. We are committed to practising in a way that protects them. Our employees, workers, contractors, and suppliers instructed by and acting on our behalf and on behalf of the NCFE should not have any unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults during visits or in any other situation as part of their work for us.  We recruit and appoint employees and workers who are deemed suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults, based on their declarations of unspent and exempt convictions.

• Equal Opportunities and Dignity at work policies: The Adult Learning Centre is committed to ensuring that all colleagues are aware of our Equal Opportunities policy and the behaviour we expect when at work or representing NCFE outside of work.

• Employee Handbook: The handbook outlines the actions and behaviour expected of our employees when representing the organisation. We under the guidance of NCFE strive to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour in all business activities and in managing our supply chain.

Supplier Due Diligence Process Our new supplier process requires each new supplier to declare if they have an up-to-date Modern Slavery Act statement or policy, which allows NCFE  to identify potential high-risk suppliers. For suppliers of a significant value or where NCFE consider a supplier to be operating in a potentially a high-level risk area (e.g. branded merchandise supplier), the procurement team complete a high-level vetting check including reviewing a supplier’s relevant policies and statements. This informs a supplier’s overall score which influences whether they become an approved supplier. 5 Modern Slavery and our Learners While not an area of high risk, we recognise that we may encounter instances where our learners could be at risk of modern slavery. Our Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy exist to provide a safe and appropriate learning environment for all our learners.

Where an employee or worker has a concern regarding the safeguarding of a learner related to modern slavery, concerns can be raised through our safeguarding procedures and Whistleblowing policy. Training and Development In line with our commitment to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking, our employees have access to training and development that is relevant to their role. This includes training to enable employees to understand and identify modern slavery and human trafficking issues, including how to report concerns to the relevant team within our organisation and access external support and advice.

 Executive approval. This statement was approved by the NCFE Executive Team, who will review and update the statement annually.

Dated- July 2021 to be reviewed July 20212

Sahila Butt

Managing Director and Centre Manager

The Adult Learning Centre.

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