Inclusivity Charter

Inclusivity Charter

LCL Awards' Inclusivity Charter has been introduced to help approved centres take steps to make their training facilities welcoming places, with flexible course options to suit people from all walks of life.

The Charter was developed with Hattie Hasan MBE, founder of all-women plumbing business, Stopcocks Women Plumbers and the Register of Tradeswomen; a not-for-profit organisation that connects householders with tradeswomen and helps survivors of domestic abuse to get into skilled trades.

LCL Awards centres that sign up to the Charter will be audited annually to ensure they are meeting and/or working towards the statements below.

We are passionate about demonstrating how LCL Awards centres treat people with respect, while encouraging as many trainees through the doors as possible. The Inclusivity Charter cements these core values, creating a framework that centres can use to take active steps to implement inclusive practices.

  1. LCL Awards centres are committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment where both learners and centre staff feel safe, heard and supported.
  2. We do not tolerate offensive language, such as sexist or racist comments – from trainers or trainees.
  3. We consider the needs of all learners, in order to enhance learning experiences and increase opportunity.

  4. We are actively exploring a range of training options, using creativity and  innovation to improve engagement.
  5. Our ambition is to help as many people as possible access the building services engineering sector; to improve lives, improve the sector and combat skills shortages.
  6. We believe that inclusion creates an environment where everyone is valued, feels valued and are therefore able to achieve their highest potential.

Inclusivity in the News

Making building services more inclusive for all - LCL Awards launches Inclusivity Charter
25 May 2022
In response to the lack of women and other under-represented groups in the building services engineering sector – less than 1% of tradespeople are female – we have launched an Inclusivity Charter for our centres, to encourage them to take steps to make their training facilities welcoming places, with flexible course options to suit people from all walks of life.  
CPD session introduces Inclusivity Charter
18 May 2022
LCL Awards recently launched its new Inclusivity Charter at a CPD session held online. We have been working on the charter for around a year, following research into the experiences of women and minority groups training to work in the building services sector. 
LCL Awards sponsors Women Installers Together
16 May 2022
LCL Awards is a sponsor at this years Women Installers Together (WIT), the only national event for all women plumbers, gas engineers and other tradeswomen and trainees.
We need more tradeswomen!
16 May 2022
Of the 2.7 million people currently employed in the construction industry only 13% are women and that includes all of the admin workers, personnel, marketing people etc. Women on the tools is probably as low as 1%.
New white paper on women in the trades reflects the state of play and suggests solutions for an equitable future
01 April 2022
National Women’s Day in March this year saw the publication of a whitepaper about the experiences of women in the construction industry in the UK today. It was commissioned by On the Tools.
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