Positive About Disability

The College has agreed to meet five commitments in its role as an employer.

These commitments concern the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees, and are in addition to the College’s legal obligations.

What commitments has the College made?

To earn the two ticks symbol, the College has agreed with Jobcentre Plus that they will take these action on these five commitments -

  1. To interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy, and consider them on their abilities;
  2. 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;
  3. To make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment ;
  4. To take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work;
  5. To review annually the five commitments and what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.

What does this mean to me as a disabled member of staff?

  • The fact that the College has made these commitments means you’ll have the opportunity to say if you feel that more can be done to develop your career, and to enable you to use your abilities more fully.
  • The guaranteed interview promise also applies to internal vacancies advertised within the College, provided that you meet the minimum criteria for the job. If in doubt, check with Personnel what the minimum criteria are.
  • If you become disabled, or your level of disability changes, and there are aspects of your present employment that make it difficult for you to carry on in the same work, the College will do all it can to make sure you can stay in your job.