Disability Confident is a government scheme that supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.
We are pleased to announce that after intially signing up to become ‘Disability Confident Committed’, we have now been awarded the next stage in the scheme which is to be a 'Disability Confident Employer'. The scheme provided advice and guidance to us improve how we attract, recruit and retain disabled workers and students. The Disability Confident scheme replaced the previous Two Ticks scheme.
Not only does signing up to the Disability Confident scheme help you to think about how you might make your business more accessible, it also demonstrates to your staff and customers that you are committed to equality in the workplace, which is a good way to encourage employees to talk about disabilities that are often non-visible, including hearing loss.
The scheme also aims to help you:
- draw from the widest possible pool of talent
- secure high-quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard-working
- improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that you treat all employees fairly.
As well as visiting the Disability Confident website, you can find out more about the scheme by contacting your local Jobcentre. The Jobcentre can support you in your application for Disability Confident and advise you on the steps you can take as an employer to qualify.
We are excited to announce that we are recruiting for assessors to join our expanding team and assessment centres. We have centres in both Halifax and Birmingham and need assessors from around the UK to join our team.
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