According to Scope, the disability equality charity in England and Wales, there are 14.6 million disabled people in the UK. The employment rate of disabled people is 53%. Compared to 82% of non-disabled people taking the disability employment gap to 29% (figures accurate as of 2022).
In honour of International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3rd December, we are proud to announce that in December 2022 Schneider Electric UK made the commitment to become a Disability Confident Committed Employer.
The Disability Confident Employer Scheme is a movement of change authorised by the UK Government, and it is designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with long term health conditions.
It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.
As we start our journey as a Disability Confident Committed employer in 2022, and our commitment to inclusivity, we aim to remove barriers for disabled people and those with long-term health conditions, increase the understanding of disability and ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.
We are making these commitments because we believe that an inclusive culture is a foundation of a good workplace, where people with different backgrounds and different walks of life can feel equally supported and welcomed.
Meet the team
Hear from our dedicated Project Team who made this possible and understand why this was so important to them!
Human Resources Business Partner
Leading this project on signing Schneider Electric UK up to become a Disability Confident employer was an important topic for me because, having had someone close to me who lives with a disability, I saw first-hand how well someone who has a disability can adapt and develop given the right support.
I wanted to make sure that I contribute to raise awareness around the topic and to help remove at least some obstacles of the way for people who live with disability.
Programs like Disability Confident are a great step in increasing the understanding around the topic of disability, fostering inclusivity and embracing different. And I am hoping this program will become a starting point in a longer journey around the topic of Disability in Schneider Electric UK&I zone.
Employee Relations Advisor
When I first became interested in the Disability Confident initiative, I didn’t fully anticipate what the project would entail. After some initial research with the team, I soon realised that this was about going back to basics and ensuring that as a business, we provide all reasonable support to allow every person the opportunity to not only perform their best, but to feel welcome, safe and comfortable in doing so – which is the reason I started a career in HR 5 years ago.
Disability Confident was an opportunity for me to learn more about how we as a business operate in this area and to challenge our current processes to ensure that we are the best we can be when it comes to driving the same opportunities for everyone, regardless of their circumstances or background.
Employee Relations Advisor
Becoming a disability confident employer is important to me as it encourages us to work with our people to challenge their mindset. To encourage them to think differently about disabilities, and how they not only recruit our talent, but also how we can retain and develop employees who may be considered disabled in order to build a strong workforce of the future which is fully inclusive.
By becoming a recognised Disability Confident employer, I believe we are advocating for inclusivity which could lead us to attracting a key talent we may have otherwise overlooked. This can provide multiple benefits to our organisation, including positively changing attitudes, behaviours and culture.
By challenging our current practises and policies we are contributing to right culture, mindset and strategies fit for the future of our Business. And we hold onto the valuable skills and experience within our workforce, regardless of whether they have a disability or not.
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By embracing differences, Schneider Electric builds a culture of respect where everyone feels safe to be their authentic selves. We are 100% committed to inclusion and our policies reflect this commitment to our employees.
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