Date lodged: 17 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what work it has undertaken to monitor and tackle discrimination, bullying or harassment experienced by modern apprentices, and how many cases were reported in the last five years on grounds of (a) gender, (b) race, (c) disability, (d) religion and (e) sexual orientation.
Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 13 August 2018
Modern Apprentices are employed and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) makes clear through the apprenticeship training contracts that zero tolerance of bullying, harassment and discrimination should apply to Apprentice employers.
The Modern Apprenticeship 2018-19 specification, which each training provider is required to comply with, makes clear that:
“Participants following a Modern Apprenticeship framework must be subject to the same policies and procedures as other employees of the organisation with which they are employed and the Provider must use all reasonable endeavours to ensure that each Participant is informed by his or her employer of their rights…”
Skills Development Scotland monitors any complaints of discrimination, bullying and harassment through their Complaints Procedure . Skills Development Scotland is unable to disclose the number of complaints received in relation to discrimination, bullying or harassment as the numbers are particularly small. Disclosure would therefore risk identification of individuals and contravene SDS obligations under the Data Protection Act.
SDS actively investigates any cases which are reported to their Skills Investment Advisers through their ongoing contract monitoring of training providers.
In addition, SDS works with training providers and employers to continually signpost them to appropriate training opportunities which are available to help them tackle discrimination, bullying or harassment in the workplace and signpost them to appropriate advice and guidance relating to diverse recruitment and embracing diversity in the workforce.