As a passionate advocate of equality in the workplace, Specsavers Cheltenham is thrilled to announce it has secured Disability Confident Level 3.
Following an extensive application process that included an assessment visit from representatives from GCHQ (the organisation already holds Level Three so is able to assess other organisations), the accreditation was verified and certificate awarded. The store on the High Street is one of just five employers based in the county to be recognised as a Disability Confident Leader (Level 3).
The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents of disabled people. Becoming a Disability Confident organisation allows businesses to play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. By signing up, you can help change behaviour and culture in your business, network and community, as well as reaping the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices.
‘We’re thrilled to have secured our Level 3 as it’s something we are keen to champion not only in our own store but also encourage others to get involved with,’ said Specsavers Cheltenham store director, Melanie Brackstone. ‘Our participation in the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) project means we have direct experience of the positive impact that employing people with disabilities can have. We’ve felt the benefits throughout the entire business and we’re keen to be able to build on this and show others that becoming a Disability Confident employer is a positive step change that can be made. Alongside the other Level 3 businesses in Gloucestershire, we’re proud to be leading the way when it comes to ensuring disabled people are given the opportunities they deserve.’
Diane Haines, Employer Adviser Manager for the Department for Work and Pensions, said: ‘It has been great to see the progression of Specsavers Cheltenham, from their initial commitment to supporting people with disabilities to becoming a Disability Confident Leader; recognising the abilities of people, employing them and realising the benefits a diverse workforce offers for all employees. The GEM Project is brilliant, helping people in Gloucestershire overcome barriers and move into work.’
So far, more than 15,000 organisations across the country have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme. It helps employers recruit and retain great people as well as helping customers and other businesses identify those employers who are committed to equality in the workplace.
Pictured above: Jordan Campbell, Specsavers Cheltenham work experience student, Joanna Smith, Gloucestershire Employer Team, Natalie Lawson-Lee, optical assistant at Specsavers Cheltenham and GEM participant and James Toombs, Specsavers Cheltenham lab assistant and GEM participant.