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Openwork joins government’s Disability Confident Employer Scheme

  • 01/07/2022
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Openwork joins government’s Disability Confident Employer Scheme
The Openwork Partnership has achieved the government’s Disability Confident Status as an employer.

It said as part of its commitment to diversity, wellbeing and inclusion (DW&I) it had formed a dedicated Inclusion Action Group (IAG).

The group, which aims to champion and drive forward DW&I, helped the firm achieve the accolade as an employer.

The Disability Confident Employer Scheme is encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain, and develop disabled people.

As a Disability Confident employer, the Openwork Partnership said it was challenging attitudes towards disability, increasing understanding of disability, removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions and ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

The Openwork Partnership said it was also committed to inclusive and accessible recruitment, communicating vacancies, offering an interview to disabled people, providing reasonable adjustments and supporting existing employees.

Peter Hamilton, the government’s disability and access ambassador for the insurance sector said: “As the government’s disability and access ambassador, I’m delighted to see that The Openwork Partnership has taken this important step in becoming a Disability Confident employer – the very act of engaging in the process ensures that disability and access rise up the board agenda.

“Our industry can benefit hugely from the skills and talents of disabled people and I hope the work that Openwork has done here will be an example others will follow.”

Carrie Morris, chief people officer at The Openwork Partnership, added: “The Openwork Partnership has made diversity, wellbeing and inclusion one of its key strategic priorities.”

“Joining the Disability Confident Employer scheme was an obvious choice for the partnership, and we hope that our involvement will contribute to meaningful and tangible changes across the financial services industry. We are proud to be leading the way in our sector and beyond, helping to positively change attitudes, behaviours, and cultures with regards to disability.”

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