We’re proud to announce that we’ve signed-up to take part in the Government’s new Disability Confident scheme, which aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. 

What is the Disability Confident Scheme?

The Disability Confident scheme has been designed by the Government in order to encourage businesses to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. As of now, the Disability Confident scheme has replaced the previous Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People scheme.

The Disability Confident scheme has been created with input from both employers and representatives of disabled people. There are three levels to the scheme and each has been designed to support employers. We have currently signed-up as a Level 1 partner:

  • Level 1: Disability Confident Committed
  • Level 2: Disability Confident Employer
  • Level 3: Disability Confident Leader

As proof of this, you will see that our company name and Disability Confident status is listed on the Government’s website.

Commenting on the announcement, LanguageLine’s HR Manager, Helen Sherwood said: 

“At LanguageLine, our employees are integral to everything we do. We are proud to have signed-up to the Disability Confident scheme, which demonstrates our commitment to actively taking steps to attract, recruit and retain disabled workers and play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. 8.1 million working age people in the UK have a disability. We understand that some disabled colleagues will need adjustments to help them perform to the best of their ability – these can be changes to the built environment and furniture, the tools and technology they use in doing their job, or aspects of the role or working arrangements.”

What this Means for LanguageLine

At LanguageLine, we believe that signing up for the Government’s scheme is yet another step in our development.

As a Disability Confident Committed employer, we will:

  • ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
  • communicate and promote all vacancies
  • offer interviews to disabled people
  • anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
  • support any existing employees who acquire disabilities or long-term health conditions, enabling them to stay in work

We believe that the tools, guidance and advice supplied through the scheme will help us recruit and retain from the widest possible pool of talent and help us keep valuable skills and experience within the business. In addition, we believe that we can help provide disabled people and those with long-term health conditions with the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Our membership as a Disability Confident Committed employer lasts for 3 years. Over the course of this three-year period, we hope to:

  • increase our understanding of disability and how to make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people
  • remove barriers that might be preventing disabled people and those with long term health conditions from accessing employment
  • play our part in ensuring that disabled people have opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations

If you’d like to learn more, then please contact us today.