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Forwards can provide a no-cost employment support service for you and your organisation.
Providing employment opportunities for people with a disability within your community can be good for your company, whilst also providing valuable and rewarding opportunities for both you and the candidate.
Forwards can support you in a number of different ways.
Forwards works closely with employers to understand their recruitment needs in order to match suitable, work ready candidates to their roles.
Forwards can assist with the entire recruitment process, ensuring the employer and individual have a key point of contact for any support or guidance needed to begin the employment journey.
Forwards can provide a no cost job coaching service to deliver on the job specific training for successful candidates, in order to help them meet the required needs of the role.
Continued support and guidance on an ongoing basis
Our Employment team will be on hand throughout the candidate’s employment to work with both you as the employer and the individual to maintain a positive and sustainable role within your company.
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The top ten myths about disability in the workplace
Myth: Nobody thinks in stereotypes – we’re more sophisticated now.
Fact: In 2015, it was reported that 42% of disabled people seeking work found the biggest barrier to getting hired were misconceptions around what they could do.
Myth: To be disabled, the person has to be in a wheelchair, blind, lost a limb, something like that.
Fact: The definition of disability in the Equality Act 2010 is very broad and can cover a very wide range of conditions – what the law calls ‘impairments’. And some are not obvious – such as some mental health conditions.
Myth: A job applicant has to tell an employer if they are disabled.
Fact: No. A disabled person can keep a disability confidential.
Myth: If a problem arises about an employee’s disability, it is likely to turn into a dispute which will go on for a long time.
Fact: Not necessarily. Often, the best option is for the employer to have a quiet word with those involved to reach a resolution early and to which they can all agree.
Myth: It will be expensive for an employer to hire a disabled person.
Fact: Most ‘reasonable adjustments’ cost nothing or very little. Only 4% of them do cost (and even then the average is £184 per disabled employee) and the emphasis is on the word ‘reasonable and what is reasonable can depend on the size of the business.
Myth: A disabled employee is unlikely to contribute as much as a non-disabled employee.
Fact: Employers often complain of a skills shortage yet at the same time overlook a pool of talent. There are currently over three million disabled people in work, but nearly five million disabled people of working age are not – a huge source of potential talent.
Myth: In redundancy, an employer has to create a vacancy for a disabled employee.
Fact: No. An employer doesn’t always have to redeploy disabled employees. They should be capable and qualified for any new job, with any ‘reasonable adjustments’ in place.
Myth: Once an employer has hired a disabled person, they can’t sack them.
Fact: An employer can dismiss a disabled employee if the dismissal is justified and they have taken all the correct steps.
Myth: It’s still ok to refer to people who do not have a disability as ‘able-bodied’?
Fact: No. This term suggests all disabilities are physical and that disabled employees or job applicants are not capable. Instead, if it is really necessary to make the distinction, use the term ‘non-disabled’ for people who do not have a disability.