It is good practice to prepare an induction training programme for all newly appointed staff. The induction programme should take account of what someone who is new in a post needs to know in order to carry out the duties of the job. A well-organised induction programme will reduce the risk of error and increase the rate at which the new member of staff can work effectively.
Probationary periods have no meaning in law as any qualifying period required for rights and entitlements in employment start to run from the date employment commenced.
In carrying out induction, it is important to ensure that no employee is placed at a disadvantage on account of his or her gender, marital status, racial group, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Under the Equality Act 2010 it stipulates that it is lawful to offer training specifically to employees of a particular nationality or colour if the purpose of the training is to help to fit them for their work.
Under the Equality Act 2010, employers are required to make reasonable adjustments to any provision, criterion or practice that they apply and to any physical feature of their premises in order to accommodate the needs of disabled employees so as to help them overcome any disadvantage which their disability would otherwise cause them, and this would include adjustments to the induction programme and methods of delivery.
Fixed Term and Part-time employees should be afforded the opportunity to undergo a full induction training programme because under the Part-time Workers Regulations 2000 and Fixed Term Employees Regulation 2002, part-time and fixed term workers must not be excluded from training on account of their status.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should we bother with an induction programme?
A well constructed induction programme will give the employee a strong sense that they are welcome in the new role and will also give them the opportunity to settle in well and become effective in a shorter timescale
Should we have the same programme for all new staff?
You should adapt the programme for each new member of staff. Refer back to the job description, which will give you a guide on what is most important
How important is the Probationary Period?
The probationary period plays a really important role in the new member of staff's employment. Working in a new environment can be daunting for many people so the probationary period will give you the opportunity to provide clarity and guidance on what to focus on and to deal with any early challenges. Meet with your new member of staff regularly and document the conversations