Inclusive recruitment – How can ‘Disability Confident’ drive the inclusion agenda?
The REC was invited earlier this year to be members of the government’s Disability Confident steering group. As part of this, we will be hosting the launch of the next phase of the scheme at REC HQ alongside the Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt MP. This is an important milestone and an opportunity to showcase the role our industry can play in driving the disability and wider inclusion agenda. The underlying aim of Disability Confident is to create a movement for change – getting employers to think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers. The scheme takes employers on a journey from being Disability Confident Committed (Level 1) to being a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2), then going on to be a Disability Confident Leader (Level 3). The REC's monthly Report on Jobs shows that finding the right staff to fill vacancies is a major challenge for employers. Dismantling latent barriers and misperceptions about hiring disabled people is the right thing to do; it is also a key way of addressing ongoing candidate shortages. Disability Confident will play an important role in raising awareness and creating a genuine step-change. Looking ahead, the REC's mission is to ensure that the recruitment industry continues to make a tangible difference on the disability and broader inclusion agenda. We will also use our wide-ranging Good Recruitment Campaign to engage employers across all sectors of the economy and our membership of the Trade Association Council to encourage other representative bodies to get involved. Recruiters have a pivotal role to play in helping to halve the disability employment gap and we will use the launch event to galvanise members around the Disability Confident scheme. The REC's mantra is 'Jobs Transform Lives'; nowhere is this more salient than in providing job opportunities for under-represented groups. More information on Disability Confident and on how to sign up can be accessed here.
Details of the Disability Confident launch event at REC HQ can be accessed here: