Quarriers recognised for inclusive recruitment practices supporting applicants with disabilities

One of Scotland’s leading charities has achieved ‘Disability Confident Committed’ status in the UK government initiative which champions inclusive recruitment and working practices.

Quarriers, who support thousands of vulnerable adults and children, has been recognised in the scheme, which is designed to make employers think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

The initiative was developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives to make it a rigorous but easily accessible accreditation.

As a Disability Confident Committed employer Quarriers has showcased how they meet a number of standards. This includes ensuring that its recruitment process is inclusive and accessible as well as offering interview opportunities to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for a job listing.

Further elements of the initiative include anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required and supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.

Alistair Dickson (pictured), Director of People and Technology at Quarriers, said; “Quarriers shows its commitment to inclusion with our long-standing policies on Inclusive Recruitment.  Where possible we involve people we support in recruitment processes so that they are in control of the staff that deliver their services.

“As well as offering support where required, we value and welcome disabled people to our workforce, thereby ensuring a range of skills, experiences and knowledge with our teams.”

Quarriers, which runs over 100 services across Scotland, supports adults and children with disabilities, young people facing homelessness, families facing poverty, unpaid carers and people affected by epilepsy.

Disability Confident is a UK Government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions. It has replaced the previous Two Ticks Positive About Disabled People scheme.

Picture (c) Quarriers.