Disability Confident

Become a Disability Confident employer

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

Disability Confident employers of all sizes are:

  • challenging attitudes towards disability
  • increasing understanding of disability
  • removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations

Why you should become Disability Confident

Being Disability Confident could help you discover someone your business just can’t do without.

Whether an employee has become disabled during their working life, or you’re looking for new recruits, being Disability Confident can help your people fulfil their potential and contribute fully to your team’s success.

By being Disability Confident, you’ll also be seen as leading the way in your business sector and beyond, helping to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures.

Disability Confident helps businesses:

  • draw from the widest possible pool of talent
  • secure and retain high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working
  • save time and money on the costs of recruitment and training by reducing staff turnover
  • keep valuable skills and experience
  • reduce the levels and costs of sickness absences
  • improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that they treat all employees fairly

How to become Disability Confident

The scheme has 3 levels designed to support you at every step on your Disability Confident journey. You must complete each level before moving on to the next.

1: Disability Confident Committed

To be recognised as Disability Confident Committed, you must agree to the Disability Confident commitments and identify at least one action that you’ll carry out to make a difference for disabled people.

The commitments are:

  • inclusive and accessible recruitment
  • communicating vacancies
  • offering an interview to disabled people
  • providing reasonable adjustments
  • supporting existing employees

The activities include (you must identify at least one):

  • work experience
  • work trials
  • paid employment
  • apprenticeships
  • job shadowing
  • traineeships
  • internships
  • student placements
  • sector-based work academy placements

Your business may be doing these things already. If so, the scheme is a great way of letting everyone know that you’re serious about equal opportunities for disabled people.

Once you’ve signed up as Disability Confident Committed you’ll receive:

  • confirmation of your membership and a Disability Confident certificate in recognition of your achievement
  • a Disability Confident Committed (level 1) badge that you can use on your business stationery, social media and communications for 3 years
  • information to help you continue your journey to becoming a Disability Confident Employer

Sign up to become Disability Confident Committed