Remploy leads on disability confidence
Did you know Remploy was one of the first companies in the UK to have been awarded ‘Leader’ status by the national Disability Confident Scheme operated by the Department for Work and Pensions?
The accolade, which is the highest award, recognises an employer dedicated to supporting disabled people and those with health conditions in the workplace, as well as helping other employers to become disability confident themselves.
Gareth Parry, Remploy Chief Executive, says “I am immensely proud that we have been awarded Disability Confident Leader status. It is important to the delivery of our mission to transform the lives of disabled people through sustainable employment that we set an example of best practice as a business ourselves. At least 28 per cent of all Remploy colleagues, including at board level, are disabled. It is a key priority for us to ensure that disabled people see Remploy as a great place to work.”
More than seven million people (17.5 per cent) of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition, yet many still face barriers when it comes to finding a job. There is a 32 per cent gap in the employment rate between disabled and non-disabled people.
We have over 70 years’ of experience in supporting disabled people into work and operate in every sector of the UK economy and have supported over 150,000 disabled people into work already.
The Disability Confident Scheme
The Scheme was set up in 2013 to allow employers to challenge attitudes, increase understanding of disability, remove barriers, and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
Penny Mordaunt, Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, explained: “Disability Confident is about increasing opportunities for disabled people and for employers. More than 2,400 businesses have signed up so far and this is a great start but I want to see all employers challenging the misconceptions of the past and realising the many benefits disabled people can bring to the workplace.
I urge employers everywhere to become disability confident and make the most of this untapped pool of talent.”
The underlying aim is to create a movement for change – getting employers to think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers.
The scheme takes employers on a journey from being Disability Confident Committed (Level 1) to being a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2), then going on to be a Disability Confident Leader (Level 3) which is the level achieved by Remploy.
Support to become a disability confident employer
Using our skills and experience, we can provide you with support throughout your journey to becoming a Disability Confident employer. From the first steps of raising awareness around disability through to creating detailed, actionable plans for you to achieve genuine commercial benefits from an inclusive workforce.