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ETT are here to help and support you throughout your Electrical Apprenticeship. If for any reason you need to speak to someone, you can contact our helpdesk or your Industry Training Officer, details of which you will find on the Contacts section of this website. Please donwload our ETT Apprentice Handbook at the bottom of this page for further help and advice.
ETT Policies and Procedures.
Harrassment and Bullying
ETT values and promotes equality and diversity and does not tolerate discrimination. Everyone has a duty to behave in an acceptable manner. ETT will treat all reports of harassment and/or bullying with understanding and support.
What is harassment?
"to subject someone to unwanted conduct that violates that person's dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them."
What is bullying?
Bullying is deliberately hurtful behaviour often repeated over a period of time. These are some of the ways young people describe bullying: name calling, saying or writing nasty things, being left out of activities, being ignored, threatening behaviour, being made to feel uncomfortable or scared, taking or damaging personal belongings, hitting or kicking, or being made to do things they don't want to do.
Who gets bullied?
Bullying can happen to almost anyone. It's thought eight out of 10 children/young adults are bullied at some point in their lives. If you are being bullied, you may feel scared, vulnerable and quite alone but you owe it to yourself to try and sort out the situation so that the bullying stops. Remember, no-one deserves to be bullied.
Don't be afraid to ask for help and share your problem. You might not think so, but there are many people who have had your problem in the past and many people who know how to deal with it.
What to do if you are being bullied?
If you feel you are being bullied or harassed, you should keep a note of the following:
- The name of the person who is bullying or harassing you
- The date, time and location the incident took place
- What happened and how it made you feel at the time
- The names of any witnesses
- Whether you reported the incident and to whom
- Any actions undertaken
You should also keep a record of any written evidence relating to the incident and any subsequent incidents.
You should report any incident of bullying or harassment to your ett Training Officer, your College Lecturer, or a member of staff who you feel you can trust. An investigation will take place. You will receive support while the issue is being resolved. Those found to be using behaviour that is regarded as bullying or harassment will face Disciplinary Procedures.
Disability and Learning Support
ETT is committed to developing an inclusive environment for all electrical apprentices. ETT aims to provide a safe, supportive and friendly learning environment.
Deciding to tell us about a disability may be a difficult choice. Whilst we recognise this is a personal decision, we strongly recommend that you inform us so that your own personal requirements can be looked at.
You can indicate a difficulty to your ETT Training Officer, College Lecturer or contact student services within your college to arrange an interview with a Learning Support Co-ordinator.
Staff will work with you to help ensure that you have access to facilities and learning opportunities and help you to make a success of your programme of study.
Information provided to us will be considered confidential and will be used to enable us to provide you with the correct support. Multiple opportunities will be given for disclosure of learning difficulties.
Equality and Diversity
ETT is committed to creating a learning environment that is free from discrimination and prejudice and which encourages everyone to reach their full potential. We are also committed to ensuring equal opportunities and treatment for everyone across all our activities, regardless of age, cultural background, race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.
ETT has clear and effective procedures for dealing with harassment, bullying and discrimination. Complaints relating to these issues, involving either staff or apprentices, are investigated and appropriate action is always taken. If you feel you are a victim of discrimination or unfair treatment, you need to report it to your ett Training Officer, your College Lecturer or a member of staff who you trust.
The matter will be investigated and dealt with and you will receive support while the issue is being resolved. Disciplinary Procedures will be invoked against anyone contravening the Equality and Diversity Policy.
Drugs and Alcohol
ETT has a duty of care to all electrical apprentices and staff participating in ETT activities to provide as safe an environment as possible and the misuse of drugs and alcohol can be a threat to that safety. Alcohol and other drug abuse severely limits the ability of individuals to succeed academically, professionally and personally. Substance abuse is linked to health problems, accidents, decrease in academic performance, vandalism, financial difficulties, sexual misconduct, as well as legal problems.
ETT aims to promote drug and alcohol awareness and will endeavour to increase the awareness of the dangers of substance abuse among all apprentices by:
- Providing information to apprentices in the form of seminars, leaflets etc...
- Involving outside agencies where appropriate to reinforce these messages
- Providing support to apprentices from both staff and independent, professional counsellors
- Working closely with other agencies (and parents where apprentices are under 18) when problems have been identified
- Involve the PSNI in all instances where drugs have been found or suspected of being used by students
- Ensuring key staff are trained in the identification of illegal substances and the symptoms of substance abuse
- Ensuring Senior Management involvement when investigating all cases of drug abuse and in the more serious instances of alcohol abuse
- Encouraging a responsible attitude towards alcohol consumption
Definition of Substance Abuse
The use of a substance (alcohol, drugs and solvents) at a level, which alters an individual’s behaviour and judgement.
ETT considers the misuse of drugs to be a serious breach of discipline and will take appropriate action immediately. ETT explicitly prohibits:
- The use, possession, solicitation, or sale of narcotics or other illegal drugs, alcohol, or prescription medication without a prescription on ETT premises, college premises and/or while performing or representing ett in an official capacity
- Being impaired or under the influence of legal or illegal drugs or alcohol while on ETT premsies, college premises and/or while representing ett in an official capacity, particularly if such impairment or influence of drugs or alcohol affects work performance, the safety of others, or puts at risk ETT’s reputation
Where to Get Help, Advice and Information
The following agencies may be used by staff and apprentices to provide help in cases of drug and substance abuse:
NICAS - Northern Ireland's Alcohol & Drug Treatment Charity - NICAS have centres in South, East and West Belfast and treat people from all over Northern Ireland. Call on 02890 664434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunity Youth - Opportunity Youth is a regional youth organisation based in Northern Ireland. Its main aim is to provide information, guidance and advice to young people regarding issues such as drugs and alcohol Tel: 02890 435810
Further Afield – UK Drug and Alcohol Help Agencies
National Drugs Helpline - Free and confidential advice about drugs – 24 hour – Tel: 0800 77 66 00
Childline - Tel: 02072 391000
Alcoholics Anonymous - Tel: 01904 644 026