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Disability Confident badge shows Eastleigh College is an accessible employer

Eastleigh College has been accredited as a Disability Confident Employer as part of the College’s continual commitment to progressing towards greater diversity in the workplace and inclusive learning. This means the college is already benefitting from being able to draw from the widest possible pool of talent, and is securing, retaining and developing disabled staff who are skilled, loyal and hard-working.

The scheme encourages employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

Paul Cox, Chief Executive and Principal explains what Disability Confident means to Eastleigh College:

“We are proud to be making even more progress on our disability inclusion journey. Being a Disability Confident Employer makes good business sense because we want to attract the best talent to work with us and this means offering great opportunities for people with disabilities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Mickiela Blake, Head of HR and Talent Development says:

“Equality in the workplace means equal job opportunities and fairness for all employees and job applicants. The Disability Confident scheme supports us to make the most of the talents disabled people bring to our workplace.”

The College has agreed to take core actions to get the right people for the business and to keep and develop employees. For example:

  • Clear adverts across numerous platforms, combined with the offer of adjustments to access the interview, will provide an inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • Disabled people who meet the minimum requirement for the role will be offered an interview
  • Offering and making reasonable adjustments for employees and when assessing people will be part of a flexible approach to retention and recruitment
  • Training in disability awareness and a clear appraisal process with strong CPD links will be provided to all employees.

Accreditation for a Disability Confident Employer lasts for three years and can lead to progression to the next level, ‘Disability Confident Leader’, acting as a champion for Disability Confident within the local and business communities.