Rugeley-based Cherishers 811 CIC has been recognised for its work recruiting and retraining people with disabilities.
Cherishers 811 CIC is now certified as a disability-confident employer by the Department for Work and Pensions, which highlighted its commitment to helping disabled people become an integral part of its business.
The DWP’s disability confident scheme aims to help employers successfully recruit and retrain disabled people and those with health conditions.
As part of its certification, Cherishers has pledged to ensure its recruitment processes are inclusive and accessible.
The business continues to promote vacancies and offer interviews to disabled people actively.
The community interest company has committed to continue implementing procedures that will provide adjustments for its entire workforce, whether new starters or existing staff members who have become disabled or developed a long-term health condition.
CEO Julie Edensor said: “As a business, we have always been committed to workplace diversity and supportive of potential or existing employees with a disability, but this accreditation reinforces our commitment. As a national scheme, Disability Confident is helping to change perceptions and encourage employers to be more proactive in how they recruit, retain, and support disabled people. I am proud to say we’re part of the movement.”
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer Cherishers 81 CIC has committed to:
- Ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
- Communicating and promoting vacancies
- Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
- Anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
- Supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long-term health condition, enabling them to stay in work
- At least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people