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Group accredited as Disability Confident Employer

Thursday, 01 June 2017 @ 09:12

The Group is pleased to announce that it has achieved Disability Confident Employer status.

The voluntary government Disability Confident scheme is designed to help employers successfully attract and retain disabled people and those with health conditions into their organisations. The accreditation recognises our commitment to actively seeking to make us much more accessible as an employer to skilled individuals who have a disability, whether it is a visible, physical disability or an invisible disability such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

Figures show that 19 per cent of the available workforce across the UK have a disability. Our aim is to widen our talent pool and create and benefit from a more diverse and inclusive business. The scheme also aims to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures, across businesses, supply chain and local communities.

To achieve the criteria for Disability Confident, Galliford Try was required to undertake a self-assessment against a set of statements. Through these, it demonstrated a commitment to getting the right people, and keeping and developing them through the development of an action plan which includes:

  • Engaging with local communities to create positive relationships with local disability organisations to access skilled individuals, for example running local recruitment fairs specifically targeting those with a disability.
  • Making a commitment to employing and retaining disabled people and ensuring this is reflected in our job adverts, at all levels.
  • Developing links with Jobcentre Plus.
  • Working with organisations that have more direct access to disabled people, eg placing adverts/articles with organisations such as Diversity Jobs who have targeted websites.
  • Raising awareness across Galliford Try to ensure that we have an inclusive culture so that when we successfully recruit disabled people we also retain them.

Chief Executive Peter Truscott said: “We are committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining the best talent pool at Galliford Try and this recognition as a Disability Confident employer will help us to further widen our potential talent pool. As well as sending the message that we welcome disabled people, we hope that signing up to this framework will enable individuals with a disability to excel within our Group.