St Basils becomes Disability Confident Employer!
04 JUL 2017

The quality of St Basils workforce is the cornerstone of its ability to support the young people we work with, so finding the best people is essential.  In the UK, over 7 million people (17.5%) of working age are disabled or have a health condition.

 By becoming Disability Confident, we are recognised as an employer that actively seeks out and hires disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent.  It is also a clear reflection of our commitment to challenging discrimination and promoting diversity and cohesion through employment, service delivery and community engagement – one of St Basils’ strategic priorities.  As a Disability Confident employer, we are helping to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures, not just at St Basils but across our networks, partnerships and the communities we work with.

 In St Basils Equality Action Plan for 2016/2017, we agreed to take a more in-depth look at our service and employment offer to people with disabilities as defined by the Equality Act 2010. 

 In 2016, we achieved Level 1: Disability Committed Employer which means that we signed up to the Disability Confident commitments and identified at least one thing that we could do which will make a difference for disabled people. 

 In June 2017, we have achieved Level 2: Disability Confident Employer status. 

 This means that we have demonstrated a commitment to:

  1. Actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people
  2. Provide a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  3. Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  4. Flexibility when assessing people so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
  5. Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required
  6. Encouraging our suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident
  7. Ensuring employees have appropriate disability equality awareness

Our next step will be to achieve Level 3: Disability Confident Leader.  This means that we’ll be acting as a champion within our local community, networks and partnerships.  We will be showing disabled people that we are serious about leading the way and about helping other businesses to become Disability Confident. So watch this space!

 Shevonne Wilson – HR Officer has been at the forefront of our journey to become a Disability Confident Employer.  Shevonne says, “Making sure that everybody has equal opportunities is an area that I’m particularly passionate about and I’m proud to say that I work for a Disability Confident Employer.  Next stop – St Basils, a Disability Confident Leader!”

Find out more about being a Disability Confident Employer