The Disability Symbol
In September 2009, the HR Department was awarded the Disability Two Ticks Symbol by Jobcentre Plus.
Following our renewal application in 2011, we have been awarded the symbol for a further 12 months. Job Centre Plus said: “The evidence provided and your general embracing of the ethos of the symbol continues to meet the criteria of the five commitments.”
The five commitments which we are required to meet are:
To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities.
To ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities.
To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment.
To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make the commitments work.
Each year to review the five commitments and what else has been achieved, to plan ways to improve on them and to let employees and the Jobcentre Plus know about the progress and future plans.
From 2011 we have been gradually introducing the symbol into our recruitment material and making it more widely known that the university has a positive attitude towards job applications from people with disabilities. For instance, all internal and external job advertisements will display the symbol and we are also working on an internet page which offers additional guidance to disabled applicants.
For those not familiar with the symbol, the following link gives is a short explanation of what it is and the commitments involved: The Disability symbol