Kennedy Scott's Senior Business Manager Teresa Shaw, went along to the Disability Confident event
Kennedy Scott’s Senior Business Manager Teresa Shaw, went along to the Disability Confident event held on 8th December 2017 at Slough Job Centre Plus. The event was aimed at raising awareness of the Disability Confident scheme and brought together providers who support customers with disabilities.
The Disability Confident scheme launched in November 2016, provides employers with the skills and confidence they need to recruit, retain and develop disabled employees. The scheme was developed with employers, disability charities and disabled people. The scheme has 3 levels which are Disability Confident Committed, Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader. At each level employers commit to taking actions that will make a real difference to disabled employment. To become a Disability Confident Leader, organisations must act as a champion for the scheme within their local and business communities.
The local MP Tan Dhesi who is a big advocate of the scheme was in attendance. MP Tan Dhesi is well known himself for breaking down barriers as the first turban wearing Sikh to become an MP.
During the event there were presentations from various organisations including Clear Autism and Remap. Clear Autism specialise in freelance autism consultancy and training in which they have over a decade of experience in planning, preparing and delivering training to professionals both in the UK and abroad. Remap is a national charity that has local groups of skilled volunteers who support disabled people to achieve independence and a better quality of life by designing and making equipment for their individual needs.
Several of DWP’s Disability Employment Advisors who have disabilities themselves also gave a presentation to explain how workplaces can be inclusive from their own personal.
To find out more about the Disability Confident Scheme please click here or contact Kennedy Scott’s Equality and Diversity Lead Simon Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org.