Dorset County Council recognised as a Disability Confident Employer

Dorset County Council has been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer

The scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents that disabled people bring to their workplace.

The council recently achieved the Level 2 Disability Confident Employer status by proving its commitment to actively employ, retain and support disabled people.

Cllr Peter Wharf, Cabinet member for the workforce at the council, said:  “There are nearly seven million working age disabled people in the UK, but less than 50 per cent are currently in work. That’s a lot of unused talent and potential.

“As one of the largest employer in the county, we have an obligation to lead by example and this is just one of the ways we do that.

“We are committed to ensuring disabled people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and we are proud to have been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer.

“Part of this commitment is to offer a guaranteed job interview for all applicants with a disability who meet the essential requirements for a job vacancy, and for applicants to be considered for their abilities.

“Disabled people can face many challenges in finding work, and we strongly encourage other local employers to follow our lead.”