Major employers to lead disability inclusion event in Wales
Sep05

Major employers to lead disability inclusion event in Wales

The Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI), in partnership with specialist People and Development consultancy Delsion, is hosting a round table in South Wales where business leaders will discuss the relationship between skills, disability inclusion and the future of work. Attended by the Welsh Government and hosted by the University of South Wales Exchange, the event on the 27th of September will bring together influential...

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3 in 5 disabled employees experience workplace bias
Aug10

3 in 5 disabled employees experience workplace bias

Three in five (60%) UK employees with a disability have experienced bias in the workplace, in comparison to just 35% of those without a disability, reveals research from Badenoch & Clark – part of The Adecco Group UK&I. Worryingly, the report, ‘Inspiring Inclusion in the Workplace’, also found that two thirds of those with a mental disability (65%), and 45% of those with a physical disability believe that their organisation...

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When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider
Jul24

When staff get cancer, they get fears and concerns too, warns specialist support provider

When a staff member gets sick, and the diagnosis turns out to be cancer, most employers are sympathetic towards the diagnosis, but it seems that the physical aspects of the disease are only one component. HR Managers need to be prepared for the emotional and mental side effects of the disease. In fact, employees living with cancer can have many different separate fears and concerns.  Research by RedArc, conducted on over 900...

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Life-changing partnership supports people living with HIV to get back into the workplace
Jul18

Life-changing partnership supports people living with HIV to get back into the workplace

“My confidence hit rock bottom – but now I’ve been employed for three years and am excited for the future” A quarter of people living with HIV in the UK are currently unemployed. Many face barriers including gaps on their CV, low confidence and lack of skills when going back to work, as well as misunderstanding from employers about the condition. Many of these individuals are skilled, trained professionals who are overlooked or...

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Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim
Jul17

Kensington PA awarded nearly £48k in cancer discrimination claim

An employment tribunal has awarded a woman £50,000 compensation after her former employers accused her of not doing ‘a single day’s work’ while she underwent treatment for breast cancer. Eimear Coghlan, 34, was initially treated with “sympathy and concern” by her boss, Poonam Dhawan-Leach, chief executive of The Hideaways Club in Kensington, however their professional relationship struggled when Ms. Coghlan needed to go for regular...

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How one sport is helping visually impaired candidates improve job prospects
Jul17

How one sport is helping visually impaired candidates improve job prospects

Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball UK explains how Goalball is improving employment prospects for candidates with visual impairment – and giving their visually abled colleagues the opportunity to experience the challenges they face. Accessibility is more than adapting the environment Great strides have been made in the past few decades in creating welcoming and accessible workplaces for people with disabilities – but the reality...

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Apprenticeships provide employment boost for people with a learning disability
Jun29

Apprenticeships provide employment boost for people with a learning disability

Charity Mencap is highlighting the low levels of people with a learning disability in paid work and the need for employers to open up their recruitment practices. Latest statistics show that there are less than 6% of adults with a learning disability known to social services are in paid employment. People with a learning disability face many barriers when trying to find work, including: Complicated application forms Negative employer...

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The Apprenticeship Levy ‘key to unlocking disabled talent’
Jun29

The Apprenticeship Levy ‘key to unlocking disabled talent’

The introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy offers employers a prime opportunity to improve disabled talent pipelines. That was the conclusion of a recent round table hosted by the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI). However, attendees identified a number of barriers to engagement. Not least a level of ambiguity around where employers should turn to for support in this area with an overarching theme running throughout...

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Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work
May18

Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work

A lack of deaf awareness amongst employers and society at large is holding people with hearing loss back by creating unnecessary barriers and is costing the UK economy £24.8billion. During Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May) the UK national charity Action on Hearing Loss highlights simple and cost effective ways of making work environments more hearing loss friendly. Despite the fact that employers are legally obliged to make any...

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Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’
May18

Average HR professional ‘now looking after 15 employees with a mental health condition’

New analysis from HR and diversity consultancy, the Clear Company, has revealed that HR professionals will, on average, oversee 15 staff with mental health conditions each year. Furthermore, the UK Workplace Wellbeing Survey identified mental health in the workplace as the second biggest challenge facing employers in the next five years, with respondents stating that 26% of workplace absences were down to psychological conditions....

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New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders
May18

New Work Skills Centre & Specialist Facilities set to Transform Lives in Wales and the borders

A new specialist service dedicated to supporting children and young people with complex needs associated with autism has been opened by Orbis Education and Care to support families in Powys. Orbis, one of the UK’s leading providers of education and care for children and young people with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) recently opened its doors at Summergil House; a high-spec facility fully equipped with classrooms, shared lounge...

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‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career
May18

‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career

As talent shortages persist, employers cannot afford to ‘write off’ any group of potential workers, yet it is significantly harder for adults with learning disabilities to obtain work than almost any other client group. Individuals with Down’s syndrome battle misperceptions about their capabilities and often can’t even get an interview. The Down’s Syndrome Association’s ‘Workfit’ team are doing an amazing job of...

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Does HR need to change recruitment processes following EAT ruling on disability discrimination?
May04

Does HR need to change recruitment processes following EAT ruling on disability discrimination?

An Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that a woman with Asperger’s syndrome was discriminated against during the notoriously competitive recruitment process for the Government Legal Service (GLS). Terri Brookes, who represented herself, was asked to take a situational judgement test as part of the first stage of her application. She had requested to be allowed to submit short written answers to the questions as the...

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Why reasonable adjustments for disabled workers usually benefit your whole workforce
Apr13

Why reasonable adjustments for disabled workers usually benefit your whole workforce

When kitting out an office to suit all physical needs, there is the assumption that this will involve purchasing ‘specialist’ equipment, which is not only expensive, it is often not in-keeping with the overall office décor. For this reason, many office managers tend to bury their heads in the sand, adhering only to the strictest disability requirement laws, such as disabled toilets, designated parking and adaptable access. As a...

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Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems
Apr06

Making reasonable adjustments for employees with mental health problems

Guest blog by Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind Workplace wellbeing is increasingly at the top of employers’ agendas, and rightly so. After all, we all have mental health just as we all have physical health, and it fluctuates from good to poor. Employers have a responsibility to promote workplace wellbeing and help prevent poor mental health, and it’s in their interests to take workplace wellbeing seriously, as those that...

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