Added on: 10th March, 2019 by Folkestone_12392
As a result of their commitment to being a more inclusive employer The Grand (Grade 2 listed) has been recognised as being a “Disability Confident Committed” employer by the Department for Work & Pensions.
Disability Confident Employers make sure people with disabilities get a fair chance. The Grand has been recognised for its commitment to an inclusive, accessible workplace which supports existing or future employees who have or acquire a disability, enabling them to stay in work.
John-Paul Marks of the Department for Work & Pensions said: “Disability Confident employers cover around a third of the UK workforce now. With record low inactivity & record employment, more progress now here is key, as society steps up to unleashing all of our potential. Thank you (The Grand) for leading by example.”
Charlotte Revell of Canterbury Christchurch University said: “Congratulations, this is fantastic news & I hope many other organisations follow suit. Managing a disability can mean that individuals have extra skills in their set that employers may not automatically think of, such as skills of resilience, determination, problem-solving, perseverance & seeing things from a completely different perspective. Well done!”
Robert Richardson, General Manager of The Grand said: I believe that everyone should have a moment to shine and to reach their fullest potential, and to that end, we have worked with a local charity and training provider to bring in cohorts of people with either hidden or visible disabilities to give them the chance to gain training and work experience within our business. I am proud of what we’ve achieved and look forward to more cohorts joining us very soon. We can’t offer jobs to everyone, but we can make a difference in terms of self-confidence, development and essentially showing people that as a business we care. Conversely, if my situation changed as a result of an illness or accident, I’d like to think there would be open-minded employers out there that would support me.”