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Disability Confident: how to sign up to the employer scheme

Guidance about signing up for the Disability Confident scheme, and how it can help your business.

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

Through Disability Confident, thousands of employers are:

  • challenging attitudes towards disability
  • increasing understanding of disability
  • removing barriers to disabled people and those with long-term health conditions
  • ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations

Read more about the Disability Confident aims and objectives

Why you should become Disability Confident

Being Disability Confident could help you discover someone your business just can’t do without.

Whether an employee has become disabled during their working life, or you’re looking for new recruits, being Disability Confident can help your people fulfil their potential and contribute fully to your team’s success.

By being Disability Confident, you’ll also be seen as leading the way in your business sector and beyond, helping to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures.

Sarah from SoloProtect explains how employing someone with a disability has improved their business.

SoloProtect explain the benefits of employing staff with disabilities

Disability Confident helps businesses:

  • draw from the widest possible pool of talent
  • secure and retain high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working
  • save time and money on the costs of recruitment and training by reducing staff turnover
  • keep valuable skills and experience
  • reduce the levels and costs of sickness absences
  • improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that they treat all employees fairly

Read more about why thousands of employers are becoming Disability Confident

Discover how employing people with disabilities or health conditions is helping businesses like yours

Find out which organisations are already benefitting from being Disability Confident

How to become Disability Confident

The scheme has 3 levels designed to support you at every step on your Disability Confident journey. You must complete each level before moving on to the next.

Level 1: Disability Confident Committed

To be recognised as Disability Confident Committed just agree to the Disability Confident commitments and identify at least one action that you’ll carry out to make a difference for disabled people.

The commitments are:

  • inclusive and accessible recruitment
  • communicating vacancies
  • offering an interview to disabled people
  • providing reasonable adjustments
  • supporting existing employees

The activities include (you must identify at least one):

  • work experience
  • work trials
  • paid employment
  • apprenticeships
  • job shadowing
  • traineeships
  • internships
  • student placements
  • sector-based work academy placements

Your business may be doing these things already. If so, the scheme is a great way of letting everyone know that you’re serious about equal opportunities for disabled people.

Once you’ve signed up as Disability Confident Committed you’ll receive:

  • a certificate in recognition of your achievement
  • a badge for your website and other materials for 12 months
  • a self-assessment to help you continue your journey to becoming a Disability Confident Employer

Read more about how to become Disability Confident Committed

Service providers and Work Choice providers can help Disability Confident Committed employers with practical support.

Use our materials to help you promote Disability Confident

Level 2: Disability Confident Employer

Once you’ve signed up for level 1 you can progress to level 2, a Disability Confident Employer, by self-assessing your organisation around 2 themes:

  • getting the right people for your business
  • keeping and developing your people

Disability Confident Employers are recognised as going the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance.

Having confirmed you’ve completed your online self-assessment, you’ll be registered as a Disability Confident Employer for 2 years. You’ll receive:

  • a certificate in recognition of your achievement
  • a badge for your website and other materials for 2 years
  • information on how to become a Disability Confident Leader

Read more about how to become a Disability Confident Employer

Level 3: Disability Confident Leader

By stepping up to become a Disability Confident Leader, you’ll be acting as a champion within your local and business communities.

To reach this level you’ll need to:

  • have your self-assessment validated from outside your business
  • show what you have done as a Disability Confident Leader

Once you’re recognised as a Disability Confident Leader, you’ll be sent:

  • a certificate in recognition of your achievement
  • a badge for your website and other materials for 3 years

Read more about how to become a Disability Confident Leader

Disability Confident activities

We’re introducing specialist themes of activity run by Disability Confident Leaders to support those employers who have signed up to the scheme.

The first theme was mental health in the workplace, and a successful programme of activity ranging from blogs to webinars and events ran throughout October to coincide with World Mental Health Awareness Day.

The next set of events will take place from 12 to 23 March 2018 and will focus on workplace adjustments. The events will demonstrate how easy and inexpensive it can be to provide the adjustments and support that enable a disabled member of staff, and your business, to thrive. Read more about the workplace adjustments events.

Going forward, we are looking to develop themes around autism, neurodiversity and learning disabilities.

Advice on employing disabled people

Read our guidance on employing disabled people and people with health conditions.

Discover the help and support for young disabled people to find and stay in work.

Read help and advice from ACAS for employers and employees on disability discrimination.

Get advice on creating inclusive communications.

Published 14 July 2016
Last updated 7 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added information about workplace adjustments events in March 2018 to the 'Disability Confident activities' section.
  2. Added a new section about Disability Confident activities.
  3. Added Welsh versions of the Disability Confident employer packs for levels 1, 2 and 3.
  4. Added links to level 2 and 3 sign up forms. Updated the PDF employer packs. Added links to lists of service providers and businesses that have signed up.
  5. Published updated versions of the level 1, level 2 and level 3 employer packs.
  6. First published.