Access + Equity
Pilates Training Institute is of the firm belief that every individual regardless of personal history, present circumstances or any other factor that can commonly be considered as an inhibiting factor to self-development, should be provided the opportunity to improve their life through further education. Pilates Training Institute embraces multiculturalism and diversity, and is proud to contribute quality education to Australia.
What do the terms “Access” and “Equity” mean?
Access refers to the ability to enter training. Improving access might include improving physical access to a training venue or ensuring that selection criteria do not discriminate against clients.
Equity in this context means equality of access to, and potentially equal outcomes from training regardless of the individual’s circumstances, background and identity.
Access and equity issues are addressed during staff induction, staff meetings and professional development activities. Access and equity are addressed within Pilates Training Institute Code of Practice. The Code of Practice is openly communicated to all training participants and training and assessment staff.
Pilates Training Institute endeavours to eliminate discrimination against persons on the grounds of:
Marital status or pregnancy
Family responsibility or family status
Religious or political conviction
Potential students seeking to enrol with Pilates Training Institute will be assessed for entry to study through the same published entry requirements and through the same process, regardless of their background, circumstances or eligibility for funding.
Student Support Services
Pilates Training Institute will endeavour to support a student through their course of study through means such as modified assessment, access to additional time with trainers and access to professional career guidance counselling when available.
Upon enrolment, all students will be requested to complete a Special Needs Form. Prior to the commencement of training, all participants will have the opportunity to discuss any specific learning needs with their facilitators/assessors. Students will be asked during their welcome to the course to raise any access and equity issues they may face with the administration staff of Pilates Training Institute. Further steps are listed below:
- Students may be asked to complete a short Literacy and Numeracy test to identify any potential areas of difficulty that they may have, or any skill gaps that may need to be addressed;
- Information received from this test will be analysed by the facilitator. Students identified as being in need of help will be contacted by the facilitator. Privacy and Confidentiality will be discussed with the student;
- The Facilitators will discuss with participants at the commencement of each training session or course, the topic of Access and Equity. The Facilitator will request that any outstanding Special Needs forms be submitted to the Administration Department of the RTO;
- Any unresolved queries relating to access/equity issues will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer (for instance, if they cannot be resolved by the Facilitator);
- The Chief Executive Officer will then contact the participant to discuss their access/equity issue and make appropriate arrangements which may include notifying the training venue, arranging a meeting with the participant and the Facilitator, arranging extra assistance from the Facilitator or external assistance as required;
- File notes will be made of the action taken in each case where access/equity assistance is required and the outcome recorded for the participant.
Access and Equity issues are not only addressed in terms of the services offered by Pilates Training Institute, but also in terms of its own employment principles and in terms of addressing the wellbeing of all staff. In addition to eliminating potential discrimination on the previously listed points, Pilates Training Institute also takes a very firm stance on Sexual Harassment and Workplace Bullying. Pilates Training Institute follows guidelines available by Fair Work Australia and WorkCover on these issues.