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Disability Confident Employers

Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions and supports them to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

It has replaced the previous Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People scheme.

17,000 organisations have signed up, 1145 of which are in West Yorkshire and surrounding areas, please see a list of these HERE. Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities, and reaping the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices.

The scheme helps employers recruit and retain great people, and:

  • 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

For information on the different routes into employment please visit our Pathways to Employment page here.

Three Levels of Disability Confident

The scheme has 3 levels designed to support employers every step on their Disability Confident journey. Employers must complete each level before moving on to the next.

Level 1: Disability Confident Committed

To be recognised as Disability Confident Committed employers need to agree to the Disability Confident commitments and identify at least one action that they will carry out to make a difference for disabled people.

The commitments are:

  • Inclusive and accessible recruitment
  • Communicating vacancies
  • Offering an interview to disabled people
  • Providing reasonable adjustments
  • Supporting existing employees

The activities include (employers must identify at least one):

Many businesses may be doing these things already and signing up to the scheme is a great way of letting everyone know they are serious about equal opportunities for disabled people.

Level 2: Disability Confident Employer

Once signed up for level 1 employers can progress to level 2, a Disability Confident Employer, by self-assessing their organisation around 2 themes:

  • Getting the right people for the business
  • Keeping and developing employees

Disability Confident Employers are recognised as going the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance.

Having confirmed the completion of an online self-assessment, they’ll be registered as a Disability Confident Employer for 3 years and will receive:

  • A certificate in recognition of their achievement
  • A badge for their website and other materials for 3 years
  • Information on how to become a Disability Confident Leader

Level 3: Disability Confident Leader

By stepping up to become a Disability Confident Leader, employers will act as a champion within the local and business communities.

To reach this level employers need to:

  • Have their self-assessment validated by someone outside of the business (not including DWP employees in jobcentres)
  • Provide a short narrative to show what they have done or will be doing to support their status as a Disability Confident Leader
  • Confirm they are employing disabled people
  • Report on disability, mental health and wellbeing, by referring to the Voluntary Reporting Framework

Once recognised as a Disability Confident Leader, employers will be sent:

  • A certificate in recognition of their achievement
  • A badge for their website and other materials for 3 years

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