Colleges recognised for offering a great working environment

East Kent College and Canterbury College have been recognised for their work to offer those with disabilities the best possible working environment, being awarded Disability Confident Employer status.

The status – which is awarded by the Department for Work and Pensions – highlights the range of actions which the two Colleges have taken to develop a workplace which ensures those with disabilities and long term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

The Disability Confident scheme helps employers on their journey to employing, supporting and promoting disabled people in the workplace. It looks to give employers insight into an often overlooked customer base ensuring that organisations think differently about what disability means.

Julia Thompson, Head of HR at East Kent College and Canterbury College, said: ‘We are very pleased to have been awarded ‘Disability Confident Employer’ status.

“We’ve taken a range of measures to achieve this, successfully completing the Disability Confident self-assessment, and have worked hard to ensure we’re taking all of the core actions to be a Disability Confident employer, offering activities to get the right people for our business and to develop our people.”

The Colleges are now proud to be working towards achieving the next level of the award which is Disability Confident Leader.