There is a large pool of talented disabled workers in the UK. Your company could be missing out if you don’t encourage applications from disabled workers.
There are a few ways you can try and attract disabled workers:
You can use the ‘two ticks’ symbol on adverts to show that you encourage disabled workers.
You must ask Jobcentre Plus if you can use this symbol because your business must meet certain commitments. These are:
A Disability Employment Advisor can give your business advice on how your application and recruitment process can include disabled candidates.
They can also give you information to make reasonable adjustments which can help someone start or keep their job.
If you want to encourage applications from disabled workers you must provide information about the vacancy in large print format and be willing to accept applications electronically.
You can ask if any of your candidates need reasonable adjustments so that they can take part in the recruitment process; for example, a wheelchair user can ask to have their interview on the ground floor.
The aim of this scheme is to provide more opportunities for jobless, disabled people aged 18 to 24 years old who are on the Work Choice Programme.
As an employer you could receive up to £2,275 for every eligible employee you employ for at least 16 hours a week for more than 26 weeks.
If you’re interested in employing someone through the Wage Incentive Scheme, then you should contact your local Work Choice provider who can give you further information.
You can find a list of providers from the Department of Work and Pensions.
Published on: February 19, 2013