University of Salford awarded disability gong

TWO TICKS: The University of Salford has been rewarded for its positive equal opportunities employment program

THE UNIVERSITY of Salford has been awarded the Government’s prestigious Two Ticks Disability Symbol for its commitment to helping employees with disabilities.

It was presented during an event held to mark this year’s International Day of Disabled People on Thursday 3 December 2009.

Having joined the growing number of local employers to be recognised for their positive attitude towards employing and retaining disabled workers, the university has signed up to five Disability Symbol commitments, which will be reviewed each year by Jobcentre Plus.

It can now display the instantly recognisable Two Ticks emblem on stationery and recruitment advertisements to publicly promote a positive stance.

Accepting the award, vice chancellor Professor Martin Hall said: “We are delighted to be awarded the Positive about Disabled People symbol. Our culture is that every individual who works for us is equally valued and respected for their unique contribution to the ongoing success of the organisation.”

This symbol has been presented to over 4,300 UK employers, (600 in the North West) from major corporations to smaller enterprises and charities.

It is awarded to employers who agree to: interview all job applicants with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy, ensure discussion mechanisms are in place for disabled people to discuss their abilities with an employer, make efforts to keep a disabled person in employment, increase disability awareness among their other employees and constantly review their disabled policies.

Presenting the award on behalf of Jobcentre Plus, disability employment adviser Dave Pevitt said: “The symbol demonstrates an organisation’s positive approach towards employees with disabilities and encourages more people from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply for employment. It also tells disabled people which employers will be positive about their abilities.”

Other local employers interested in becoming Positive about Disabled People symbol holders can contact Mr Pevitt on 0161 837 1002.

For more information about the scheme visit www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/index.htm.

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