The UK Government has launched ”Disability Confident” – a campaign to encourage UK employers to employ more disabled people. The campaign is a key strand of the UK Government’s strategy to half the disparity in employment rates in the UK between disabled and non-disabled people. Over 5,000 UK employers have now signed up. The campaign recognises employers as one of 3 levels – Committed, Confident or Leader status. Remploy was one of the first organisations in the UK to be recognised as being a ”Leader” organisation, demonstrating best practice and giving a commitment to encourage and support other UK employers to join the campaign and progress through the levels. The presentation will summarise what the campaign is, how it works, and what Remploy is doing in its capacity as a Leader to promote the campaign. This will include describing how Remploy has set up an ”Ambassador” network, where disabled people are trained as ambassadors to describe to employers and other parties their own lived experience in finding and sustaining paid employment, the support and adjustments they have in place, how this benefits them as individuals and ultimately how this enhances the workplace. One of the Ambassadors will do a video to be included in the presentation telling his own story, and what he does as a Remploy Ambassador.
Gareth Parry is CEO of Remploy Ltd, the UK’s leading specialist employment related services organisation for disabled people. Following 70 years of state ownership Remploy left Government ownership in April 2015 and is now a mutual joint venture between Remploy employees and MAXIMUS, a US-based health and welfare service provider. Gareth has recently joined the Board of Workability International.