Supporting disabled employees

The College has been recognised by the Disability Confident employer scheme for its continuous work to support disabled employees.

We’ve been awarded its Level 2 badge in the Government-led scheme which recognises its commitment to recruit, retain and develop disabled employees.

The College has been working extremely hard to reach Level 2 and has introduced some exciting changes to the way it works in order to accommodate disabled employees in a more inclusive way. One way this has been achieved is through the new shortlisting criteria.

These criteria mean that if a candidate declares they have a disability within their application form and if they meet the minimum requirements for the role being applied for, they will automatically be entitled to an interview.

We hope that by introducing this new shortlisting criteria, as well as encouraging candidates and employees to come forward to discuss reasonable adjustments, people will see our strong commitment to supporting disabled people within the workplace as best we can.

There have also been numerous other positive changes, from mandatory Disability Awareness Training for HR and Line Managers, to offering recruitment documents in 'Easy Read' format to those who would benefit from it.

The College has worked hard to get to a position in which it can be awarded Level 2 and named a Disability Confident employer, however, appreciates the changes made will need to be continuously built upon and improved as time progresses.

The next step is working towards Level 3, the three focus areas for this section are:

  • challenge – ensuring that we’re delivering against all of the core actions as a Disability Confident employer
  • leadership – sharing the good work we are doing around supporting disabled employees and candidates with others
  • reporting on disability, mental health and wellbeing.

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