Diversifying your workforce

These pages aim to provide support to employers to enable you to recruit and retain disabled people who frequently get overlooked as a source of knowledge and skills. Having a workforce which reflects the communities you serve is good business sense!

Employment rates among young disabled people continue to remain low, we know that young people with additional needs are keen to work, and often bring skills and approaches into sectors that benefit employers, teams and communities.

These pages will support you to ensure that all young people have the same opportunities to access employment, and add to your skills set, as their peers, by removing some of the barriers traditional recruitment methods often create for young disabled people to showcase their talents.

Did you know?

1.5 million people in the UK have a learning disability, just 4.8% are in paid employment. In construction over 9% of the total workforce are registered disabled which is significantly lower than the 20% of adults with a disability who are able to work.

Could you offer a disabled young person or adult some work experience or a supported internship?

Complete our form and our team will be in touch.

Find out more

Alternate recruitment pathways

Traditional recruitment processes are not the only option – other opportunities are available to meet your skills needs.

Find out more

How to recruit inclusively

There are some simple changes you can make to your recruitment processes to attract a wider range of candidates.

Find out more

Support in the workplace

There are a range of tools available to support you in creating an inclusive environment.

Find out more

This content has been developed by Hampshire County Council, commissioned by the Education and Training Foundation on behalf of the Department for Education.

Hampshire County Council logo
Education training foundation logo
Eastleigh Borough Council logo
Eastleigh College logo
Hampshire 2050 logo
balfour beatty logo
Wates logo
Milestone logo

Links to further resources are provided for your information. Hampshire County Council do not necessarily endorse any of these tools and are not responsible for the maintenance of external websites.