Like many of us, I like to take a moment at this point in the year to look back over the last twelve months. And what a year it has been for Evenbreak! Please indulge me as I reflect on some of the highlights.
A number of amazing organisations confirmed their commitment to employing disabled people by advertising all of their vacancies with us, opening up their opportunities to a whole wealth of talent. These include:
Our relationship with RIDI continues! Two highlights were the RIDI Awards ceremony in March, and a Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons in November. I’m very much looking forward to judging the entries for next year’s awards.
The Evenbreak Team gets bigger…
Our team expanded in May, with the addition of three astonishingly talented disabled people. This was a result of a new and pioneering recruitment process, which has created quite a bit of excitement in the world of inclusive recruitment. Evenbreak has already benefitted so much from the impact of three new sets of skills and ways of thinking.
We win some more awards!
Having won the APSCo Excellence Award for “Best Disability Practice” in 2017, it was perhaps too much to hope that we would win the broader category of “Diversity and Inclusion” in 2018. But win we did, and we were very pleased and proud! We were also successful with two bids for funding. One from the Big Lottery Fund to go towards our shiny new website (see below) and another from UnLtd that will help us engage with more disabled people looking for work across the UK.
We were delighted to speak about inclusive recruitment at a whole host of events during 2018. Some of these were for the benefit of specific employers, including Tideway (and their supply chain), the Advertising Standards Authority, Nielsen, the Financial Times, TSB and the Welsh Government (in the form of a TEDx talk). We also spoke at other diverse events including Inspire Recruitment, Energy and Utilities Skills Council, ‘Enabling Inclusive and Accessible Workplace Strategies‘ for Iansyst in Cambridge, the LMG Neurodiversity event at Lloyds of London, Lambeth Disability Confident event, Lewisham Job Fair (which we also sponsored), DisrupHR and the 2018 European Job Board Summit.
Consultation for change…
We were delighted to be involved in consultation exercises including the Lord Holmes Review into opening up public appointments to disabled people, the revised guidelines for the Best Practice Guide to Disability Confidence for Recruitment Businesses (a joint venture by APSCo and Business Disability Forum which Evenbreak will be sponsoring) and also the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s new guidance on workplace adjustments.
Exploring career aspirations & technology news!
We also found the time to produce a video with disabled people talking about their dream job when they were children. Click here to take a look at what they have to say.
One of the greatest challenges we faced this year was to find a developer capable of building us a new job board. It had to retain the great features you use and, crucially, the highest level of accessibility that our current board offers. But we also wanted to make it accessible for smartphones. We know many disabled people use smartphones to access the internet because of their accessibility and wanted to make sure that Evenbreak was as easy to use on a phone or tablet as on a laptop or computer. We eventually found a developer who could do everything we wanted, so look out for our new platform early next year!
For me, my personal highlight was the birth of my first grandchild, the adorable Talia. She arrived in May and has changed our lives forever already. My biggest personal challenge was starting to learn British Sign Language – something I wish I had learned many years ago!
We’ve had a busy and exciting year, but we won’t be taking it easy next year – watch this space for a sleek new job board and some fresh branding! Most importantly, our energies will continue to be put into helping inclusive employers open their doors to the huge pool of talent that comprises disabled people.
Wishing you a wonderful and inclusive 2019 from all of us at Evenbreak.