Leonard Cheshire supports individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. Today we take a look at the working practices within the organisation itself.
Why is it important to Leonard Cheshire to employ disabled people?
Like all organisations it is desirable and incredibly valuable for our workforce to be representative of wider society. 18% of working age adults in the UK are disabled yet the employment rate is only 51% compared to 81% in the wider population. Through tapping into the skills, knowledge and experience of disabled people we are able to access the wealth of talent and experience that is out there, but all too often this is missed by other employers. As a disability charity we support disabled people to live, learn and work as they choose, in the UK and internationally through our programmes. It is a fact that disabled people face barriers accessing work opportunities. We work with our partners to remove these.
Apart from advertising on Evenbreak, how else have you made your recruitment process accessible and inclusive?
Advertising on Evenbreak is one good way for employers to demonstrate they are actively thinking about people with disabilities who may apply for roles, whilst clearly still recognising any successful candidate needs to be the best individual for the role. We make our recruitment as accessible as possible including the use of multiple places to advertise and availability of alternative formats. But it’s not just about job adverts. We work with candidates to identify any adjustments required and to make sure we conduct interviews in as inclusive a way as possible.
Do you offer flexible working?
Yes and we believe this should be a right in every organisation. It is important to recognise that all employees can request flexible working and for a disabled employee this may form a reasonable adjustment that organisations are required to make. This is one key way an organisation can create an environment that enables an individual to perform to their full potential.
What else do you offer disabled employees?
We offer adjustments and equipment to support disabled people in the workplace. We promote Access to Work funding for adjustments if staff are unaware of the scheme.
We provide our people with training and tools to help increase their understanding of the value of diversity across our workforce and why they matter, so their actions can contribute to our inclusive workplace culture.
Have you been recognised for inclusion?
Our diversity initiatives and strategies are designed to attract, develop and retain great employees regardless of their race, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, disability status or any other dimension of diversity. We are an accredited level 3 Disability Confident Leader and also a member of Inclusive Employers.
In a nutshell, why would a disabled candidate choose to apply to Leonard Cheshire?
You’ll be offered the opportunity to maximise your potential, fulfil your ambitions and help us play our part in creating a fair and inclusive society.