Cogent Skills is now a disability confident employer after becoming a member of the Disability Confident scheme
According to national statistics (2021) 21% of working age adults have a disability. Historically there has been a significant gap between the numbers of disabled people employed compared with non-disabled people. In an effort to close this gap and ensure disabled people have the support they need the government designed the Disability Confident scheme. Disability Confident is designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.
Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.
Disability Confident provides employers with the tools to build knowledge, skills and confidence. As a Disability Confident member Cogent Skills now have access to information, support and guidance, and a range of exclusive activities, including:
- exclusive events and conferences led by leaders and experts on key disability employment topics
- regular newsletters including up-to-date advice and support
- member-only online forums to share good practice
We spoke to Angela Webster, Cogent Skills HR Director, who said:
At Cogent Skills, we are passionate about ensuring all of our opportunities are accessible to everyone whilst also supporting our team to achieve and grow within the workplace. Becoming a Disability Confident employer shows the value we place on understanding and supporting our employees and we aim to continue to develop and grow initiatives to demonstrate our commitment.