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Support available to employers

Employing a person with a disability can have massive benefits to you as a business, your customers, existing staff and clearly the person with a disability themselves.

Bringing in staff with a disability can result in:

  • greater employee productivity and efficiency.
  • greater employee retention and morale.
  • Increase diverse ways of thinking and ways of being led to innovation.
  • Increased innovation helps you get the edge and become market leaders.
  • Employing a workforce that represents the diversity of your customers is more likely to design with their needs in mind.
  • Access a bigger customer base: when you are better able to address the needs of your diverse customers, you can enjoy the purchasing power of the disabled population

Did you know that research by Mencap showed that:

  • People with a learning disability stayed in their job 3.5 times longer than their non-disabled co-workers
  • There are higher costs incurred by employers through lateness, sick leave and absence by non-disabled workers than employees with a learning disability.
  • 84 employers from a wide range of industry sectors highlighted regular attendance and staying in the job longer as major benefits of employing people with a learning disability.

We know that for many employers, they may want to do more to support disability employment in their company but they are unsure of where to start and what support is available. We have worked with local businesses to identify some of the key topics they would like more information on and we have listed these below.

Disability Employment Guides for Employers

Bedford Borough Council has created a Disability Employment Guide which containes all you need to know as an employer regarding Disability employment. The guide covers how to make sure your job adverts are more inclusive, how best to support staff with a disability, condition specific support, what support is available to you as an employer and much more. To view the guide click here

The Health and Safety Executive have created a guide for employers regarding employing a person with a disability. To view the guide click here

Th Department for Work and Pensions have created a guide for employers on employing a person with a disability or an underlying health condition. To view the guide click here

Disability Rights UK have produced a short film showing good practice in supporting disabled people at work

 

Partnering with local disability employment services

There are a number of local services dedicated to supporting local people with a disability into paid employment. As a local employer you can contact these services directly to see how they may be able to support you with expanding the diversity of your workforce and identifying potential individuals they are supporting who could be the ideal candidate for your company. You can view more information on these local services and support by clicking here

As well as partnering up with local employment services, you may also want to consider working with local education and training establishments. They may be supporting individuals who are looking for work experience and they would welcome the chance to create a partnership with you as a local business. You can view more information on the local education and training providers by clicking here

Training and awareness raising

The Government 'Disability Confdent Scheme' supports employers in becoming disability confident employers. There are different levels to the scheme that employers can work towards. To find out more about the scheme click here . Many national organisations offer training to employers regarding the Disability Confident Scheme the you will be able to find with a quick search on the internet.

Acas has a range of free elearning modules for employees and employers and cover a wide range of employment issues. 

Topics include:

  • mental health
  • redundancy
  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • contracts, hours and pay
  • leave and time off
  • managing people and performance
  • dealing with workplace problems

To find out more click here

Bedfordshire Disability Resource Centre can provide disability awareness training to your organisation. To find out more click here

Remploy has a wide range of training packages for employers. To find out more click here

National advice and support

Mencap has a wide range of information and guidance for employers and welcomes interested employers to get in touch with their employment support team. You can find out more by clicking here

Disability Rights UK has a range of services that can support you as an employer. You can find out more by clicking here