November 2017 will mark the first anniversary of the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. Over the past year we’ve seen more than 5000 organisations sign up to the scheme. But what’s next?
In an article for TrainingZone, AdviserPlus Director Pat Ashworth looks at the purpose and future of Disability Confident. The scheme was designed to help employers improve how they recruit, develop and retain disabled people. It helps employers identify the best ways for their organisation to support disabled people, including how to manage people with mental ill-health.
Those who have achieved Disability Confident Leader status have a responsibility to drive the scheme forward and share best practice to enable others to become Disability Confident. One priority over the next few years will be to expand the scheme beyond relatively well-known brands to SMEs which make up 99% of all UK private businesses.
Additionally, becoming Disability Confident isn’t just about taking a moral stance, supporting disabled people makes good business sense. In the future, it could even become a procurement requirement for suppliers. Not being Disability Confident could have a real impact on a business’ bottom line.