Bridgend College is recognised as a

Disability Confident Leader

We are delighted to have recently been assessed at the Leader stage for the work we are doing here at Bridgend College for inclusivity. The Disability Confident Level 3 achievement is given to organisations as a recognition of their disability inclusion journey and acknowledges them as a Disability Confident Leader by raising awareness and driving standards within their own networks.

Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain those with disabilities and health conditions to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations.

This is fantastic recognition of the hard work that has gone into demonstrating a people-centred approach. It is testament to the vision that the College has in ensuring that staff are supported through improved understanding, attitudes towards disability are challenged, and barriers are removed.

Purple Portal, a user-led disability organisation that assessed Bridgend College for this stage said,

“Bridgend College has shown throughout their Disability Confident journey that disability is embedded in the DNA of the organisation (and their wider group), and not simply a tick box exercise.

We are very impressed to see the range of activities already undertaken to attract, recruit and retain disabled employees and increase awareness, raising standards within their own supply chains and networks. The activities go beyond awareness-raising and are intended to support a real understanding of building capacity of organisations and through the active engagement of disabled people themselves”.

As a college, we provide a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process. Our interviewing staff have undergone diversity and inclusivity training and the panel always contains a member of staff who has been through safer recruitment training. We also ensure that employees have sufficient disability equality awareness training. We have regular CPD days for staff across college to ensure that diversity and inclusion, including disability of any type, is supported. These events cover a wide range of topics, often led by staff suggestions. Events such as ‘Walk in My Shoes’ highlight key issues from a person’s perspective, which really resonate with staff and encourage them to consider others’ viewpoints.

Human Resources Manager, Catherine Luff, commenting on the recent achievement, said:

“We are delighted to receive the accreditation from the Disability Confident scheme. All staff want to work in a place that values and respects difference and supports each other to achieve their goals. Being inclusive is what we do really well at the College and makes us a great place to learn and work. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this approach, and I know we will continue to grow and develop an even better service to support staff to be all that they can be.”