First Gold for College and Assessment North East
The first award of the Gold Equality and Diversity standard has
been made by Assessment North East.
Northern College, in Barnsley, becomes the first college in the
North of England to achieve the accolade, which commends excellence
in equality and diversity practices through the Committed2Equality
The Gold award sees them elevated into the top 10% of
organisations being assessed against the standard. The C2E equality
standard is a national assessment designed to enable organisations
to reach their equality potential, and training and support in this
area is provided to numerous organisations by Assessment North
East, a C2E partner.
The C2E assessment process engages with organisations, helping
them to build knowledge and a greater understanding of equality and
diversity issues in the workplace and in the community.
Robert Macleod MBE, managing director of Assessment North East,
presented the award to the college.
"Achieving an equality award is no mean feat, but to attain our
Gold Standard recognises the seriousness of the college and their
team's commitment to providing services and a place to work that
values everyone's contribution. It is a tremendous
achievement and something the college should be very proud of," he
"The college is joining a small, but growing group of
organisations that recognise that we are a diverse society and that
treating people fairly has real benefits."
College Principal, Jill Westerman, said: "I am delighted that
the Northern College has been awarded the Committed2Equality Award.
We work hard at the College to make sure that everyone is
valued and treated with respect whatever their background.
Achieving the Gold Standard is a great recognition of our
commitment to equality and diversity."
To achieve the Gold Standard, an organisation needs to achieve
over 90% in their final assessment. C2E remains the market
leading equality and diversity standard and the only one that has
been externally verified by an awarding body.