Allerdale Borough Council to be a Disability Confident employer

Rebecca Wilkinson

Oct. 8, 2018

Allerdale Borough Council has signed up to be a Disability Confident employer. 

The initiative arranged by the Department for Work and Pensions, helps organisations with the skills and confidence they need to recruit, retain and develop people with disabilities in their employment. 

To ensure compliance with the commitment, the Council must do a number of actions. These include: 
•    Making links with local disability organisations and attending relevant job fairs 
•    Ensuring there are no barriers to people with disabilities when recruiting from jobs, such as providing key documents in accessible formats and making reasonable adjustments in interviews. 
•    Encouraging positive action by ensuring those with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for a role are given an interview 
•    Supporting staff with their disabilities and ensuring there is no barrier to job progression 
•    Providing training and apprenticeship opportunities for people with disabilities
•    Training all staff on disability awareness and promoting the scheme to other organisations in the area 
 
Councillor Joan Ellis, Executive member with responsibility for human resources, said: “This is an excellent initiative. We already do a lot to ensure the needs to those with disabilities are met and they are not disadvantaged in anyway. However, there is always more that we can do and this scheme helps us to achieve that.” 
 
The Council will provide evidence on the assessment criteria to ensure they are meeting the requirements of being a Disability Confident employer. 
 
More information on the scheme and how you can sign up can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign