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Shaw Trust Becomes a Disability Confident Leader  

14 September 2017

Shaw Trust is delighted to announce that it has been awarded ‘Disability Confident Leader’ status in recognition of its commitment to inclusive practices. Clare Gray, Disability Advocacy Advisor, who leads the Inclusion First initiative at Shaw Trust, was presented the Disability Confident Leader certificate by John Coxon from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) at the Talent Match Worcester and DWP’s joint event “Becoming Disability Confident” last week. 

The event was held at Worcestershire Racecourse to introduce local employers to the young people at Talent Match Worcestershire (opens in new tab or window) with barriers to work and to encourage them to sign up to becoming Disability Confident Employers. 

The DWP’s Disability Confident scheme plays a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. It promotes the advantages of employing and retaining disabled people and helps customers and other businesses identify employers who are committed to equality in the workplace.   

Shaw Trust’s Inclusion First working group, collectively made improvements and put in place changes in key areas that led to Shaw Trust being awarded the Disability Confident Leader certificate. 

The changes made include:  

  • developing Unconscious Bias training for managers 
  • a review of our recruitment and screening policy 
  • accessibility improvements to our recruitment portal 
  • easier access to funding for workplace adjustments 
  • introducing Disability Confidence in our supply chain 

There are three levels to the Disability Confident framework designed to support employers on the journey to become Disability Confident. Level one: Disability Confident Committed Employer, level two: Disability Confident Employer and Level 3: Disability Confident Leader. 

The ‘Disability Confident Leader badge’ will replace the Disability Confident Employer badge’ and the previous ‘Two Tick’ symbol on our internet, extranet, digital marketing materials and all new printed marketing materials. 

There were so many highlights from the Becoming Disability Confident event, here are just a few:

- Peter Hull MBE, Paralympian, Gold Medal winner received a standing ovation as he told his own journey of determination, dedication and digging really deep to get to the top of the podium at the Barcelona Paralympics in 1992.

- Penny Mordaunt, MP and Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work provided us with a very personal video from Westminster welcoming the guests and encouraging local employers to sign up to the government’s Disability Confident Scheme (opens in a new tab or window).

- John Coxon, Disability and Work Opportunities Division, DWP presented Shaw Trust with their newly awarded Disability Confident Leader certificate and talked about the government’s vision for the scheme and their hope that it will make a substantial contribution towards getting 1 million more disabled people into work over the next 10 years. John also took the time to introduce the delegates to Access to Work (opens in a new tab or window) and the work the government were doing to drive increased awareness and efficacy of the service.

- Jackie LeFevre from Magma Effect ran an very insightful afternoon workshop on the “What, where, why of confidence” 

The true heroes of the day were the Talent Match young people.
 
- Daniel, who compered the whole event with perfect professionalism and poise. Who bravely told the audience about his personal experince with mental ill health and job hunting

- Naomi a young Talent Match client bravely told the room how Talent Match helped her from homelessness to a job

To follow the live coverage from the event from the day, see our Facebook page (opens in new tab or window) or the Talent Match YouTube playlist from the day see here (opens in a new tab or window).

If you have any questions about the event or need any further information please get in touch with Jayne.Wilson@shaw-trust.org.uk
 

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