SIL is the only organisation in Herefordshire which has been awarded Disability Confident Leader status. The Disability Confident scheme helps employers think differently about disability, and improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers.
SIL is an organisation led by disabled people for disabled people and this is status is recognition of how we encourage and support disabled employees across the business; we actively seek disabled people to join our Board of Trustees as they have lived experiences of the services we provide and through their knowledge and experience we can improve.
In order to become a Disability Confident Leader organisations must demonstrate that they have increased their understanding of and challenge attitudes towards disability; remove barriers to disabled people and those with long term health conditions in the workplace; and ensure that disabled people in their workplace have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
After 24 years of working in the county SIL already has an excellent record of supporting disabled people to remain independent. Now it can also be seen as a trailblazer for being an employer of disabled people too.
As a disability friendly employer we commit to:
- Interviewing applicants with a disability who successfully evidence the essential criteria on a person specification and consider them on their abilities
- Providing an inclusive and accessible recruitment process
- Making reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process so disabled job applicants have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
- Supporting employees and making adjustments during employment.
Photo: Gemma Lewis, Head of HR, and her assistant Karen Hunt, were invited to the Speaker’s residence at the Houses of Parliament to meet with the Minister for Disabled People, Sarah Newton MP on the anniversary of the Disability Confident Scheme (December 2018).