What is the Disability Symbol and Disability Confident Scheme?
The disability symbol is a recognition given by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have agreed to take action to meet five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees.
Homerton is also signed up to the Disability Confident Scheme, which aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people.
How is the symbol relevant to me as a jobseeker or employee?
There are around 5,400 employers all over the country who use the disability symbol. They range from small to very large organisations in all different types of business. Symbol using employers make five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people.
- What commitments do employers make?
- Employers who use the symbol have agreed with Jobcentre Plus that they will take action on these five commitments:
- to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and consider them on their abilities to ensure there is a mechanism in place to discuss, at any time, but at least once a year, with disabled employees what can be done to make sure they can develop and use their abilities to make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment to take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work each year,
- to review the five commitments and what has been achieved,
- plan ways to improve on them and let employees and Jobcentre Plus know about progress and future plans.
How will I recognise the Disability Symbol?
The Disability Symbol (displayed above) is a circular symbol, usually green, with two ticks.
What does it mean if I see the Disability Symbol on a job advert?
It means the employer will guarantee to interview you if you meet the minimum criteria for that job. Find out from the employer what the minimum criteria are. That way, you’ll have a good idea of whether it’s worth applying and what to expect.
Where else might I see the Disability Symbol?
You might see it in the vacancy section of a newspaper, or on a vacancy displayed on a Jobpoint, or on application forms or papers sent to you by an employer.
What happens if I become disabled or there are changes to my disability whilst working for my employer?
If this should happen and there are aspects of your present employment which make it difficult for you to carry on in the same work, as a symbol user your employer will do all they can to make sure you can stay in a job.