HSE is marking International Day of Persons with Disabilities by signing up to become a disability confident employer.
Disability Confident is a government led scheme set up to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people.
It aims to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
HSE is committed to treating all its workers fairly and actively supports its network for disabled colleagues, ‘Equal’.
Equal has invited gold medal winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft to witness HSE’s official signing up to Level 1 of the Disability Confident scheme at an event on 5 December.
HSE will use this opportunity to discuss with colleagues how it intends to develop itself to become a fully disability confident employer.
Chair of Equal, Paul Willgoss says: “As Chair of Equal, I welcome HSE’s commitment to the journey of becoming a fully disability confident organisation.
“Due to the nature of HSE’s work, and the environment we undertake it in, HSE will face unique challenges on this journey, but I am certain that with the senior commitment from the Minister, Chief Executive and the Management Board in the coming months and years, our disability confidence as an organisation will continue to develop and grow”
Minister for disabled people, health and work Penny Mordaunt MP said: “The Disability Confident scheme is about helping employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It’s great that HSE is signing up to the scheme and I fully support them as they begin their work to become a disability confident employer.
“We must reduce the disability employment gap in the UK by ensuring that recruitment opportunities for disabled people are improved. I welcome HSE’s commitment to this and hope others will follow their lead by signing up too.”
HSE is also encouraging its own stakeholders to sign up to Disability Confident, find out more on how to do this here