Modern Slavery Statement

This statement has been developed to ensure that The Apprentice Academy undertakes the necessary due diligence with regards to Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking

This statement sets out The Apprentice Academy’s actions to understand all potential modern slavery & human trafficking risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. This statement relates to actions and activities during the current financial year.

As part of an Apprenticeship provider within the work-based learning sector, the organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. The organisation is fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.

Organisational Structure & Supply Chains

The Apprentice Academy is an independent training provider, delivering apprenticeships in:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Housing & Property Management
  • Procurement & Supply Chain
  • Business Administration
  • Leadership & Management
  • Data Analyst & Data Technician

 

Relevant Policies

Whistleblowing policy – We believe that anyone who raises any type of concern about work that they believe to be true should be treated with respect and should not suffer as a result. If any employee believes reasonably and in good faith that malpractice exists in the workplace, then we would encourage him or her to report this immediately to their own Line Manager or one of the directors. related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking.

Recruitment & Selection Policy – designed to provide a flexible framework which promotes good practice, involves people we support, adopts a proactive approach to equality and diversity issues, ensures compliance with legislation and best practice and supports The Apprentice Academy values and objectives. Robust suitability checks are carried out for all new recruits.

Safeguarding & Prevent Policy – Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all apprentices goes beyond implementing basic child protection procedures, it is an integral part of all activities, functions, culture and ethos of The Apprentice Academy. This includes any risk of slavery or human trafficking.

 

Due Diligence

The Apprentice Academy undertakes due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly reviews its existing suppliers. The organisation’s due diligence and reviews include:

  • mapping the supply chain broadly to assess particular product or geographical risks of modern slavery and human trafficking;
  • evaluating the modern slavery and human trafficking risks of each new supplier (this may be part of a more general human rights or labour rights assessment);
  • reviewing on a regular basis all aspects of the supply chain based on the supply chain mapping;
  • conducting supplier audits or assessments through the organisation’s own staff/third party auditor, which have a greater degree of focus on slavery and human trafficking where general risks are identified;
  • creating an annual risk profile for each supplier;
  • participating in collaborative initiatives focused on human rights in general, and slavery and human trafficking in particular;
  • our Suppliers are expected to comply with all relevant laws and regulations. This will includes all those relating to Human Rights and employee rights at work;
  • invoking sanctions against suppliers that fail to improve their performance in line with an action plan or seriously violate our supplier code of conduct, including the termination of the business relationship.

Risk Assessment & Management

The Apprentice Academy are committed to continue to review and advance our due diligence systems to further identify and mitigate any potential risks relating to Modern Slavery.

We have a robust policy and system in place to enable whistleblowing and to protect whistle blowers.

Performance Indicators

The Apprentice Academy is:

  • developing a system for supply chain verification, whereby the organisation evaluates potential suppliers before they enter the supply chain;
  • reviewing its existing supply chains, whereby the organisation evaluates all existing suppliers.

Training on Modern Slavery and trafficking

The Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy is available to all managers and employees on the Company intranet system. New starters are directed to read all Company Policies as part of their onboarding process. Where appropriate, employees will receive additional training.

 

VERSION – 1

DATE OF ISSUE – 1/3/23

DATE OF REVIEW – 1/3/25

DATE OF NEXT REVIEW – 1/3/25