The Department for Work and Pensions is replacing the original Two Ticks scheme with the Disability Confident scheme.

Originally, the two ticks scheme was a recongition given by Jobcentre Plus to employers in Great Britain who agreed to take action to meet commitments designed to help disabled employees.

This comes at a time when there are 11.9 million people in the UK who are registered as disabled, according to the Papworth Trust and National Office of Statistics. As of January 2016, 46.5% of people with disabilities were in full or part-time employment, compared to 84%% of non-disabled people. People with disabilities are almost 4 times more likely to be unemployed or involuntarily out of work. In partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, United Response supports the Government’s new and improved Disability Confidence scheme.

What does Disability Confidence mean?

Disability Confident employers have to aim to successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions wherever they can. Employers must provide a reasonable level of support/assistance and adjustment wherever necessary to help people get the most out of their time as an employee.

Employers committing to the Disability Confident scheme promise to:

•    Actively look to attract and recruit disabled people
•    Provide a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
•    Offer an interview to all disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the role they have applied for
•    Demonstrate flexibility when assessing applicants so disabled people have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job they have applied for.

We are part of this scheme because our mission is to create a society where everyone has equal access to the same rights and opportunities. In order to achieve this, we are taking extra steps to ensure that we recruit and continually support a diverse workforce.

You can visit the Gov.uk website for more information on recruitment and disability.