Disability Confident Accreditation
In August 2017 the Met Office were accredited with the Disability Confident Employer Scheme Level 2. This scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace; improving how we attract, recruit and retain disabled workers.
Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes and behaviours for the better. Not only does it allow employers to pick from a larger pool of talent but it also improves employee morale and demonstrates a commitment towards equality. The scheme also aims to challenge misconceptions towards disability and increases both the understanding and awareness of both mental and physical disabilities.
A few of the essential criteria involve meeting all special requirements for interviews, ensuring managers have the tools and knowledge to meet any requirements necessary, and allowing all employees to have the same opportunities for job promotions. Along with meeting all of the essential criteria, here at the Met Office we have also gone the extra mile, including advertising for disability confident internships and emphasising self-managed employee groups.
The Met Office is committed to working towards becoming a more diverse organisation and to valuing all employees. Diversity and Equality helps to provide a work force that is representative of the society around us so that our work is relevant to the customers we serve. The Disability Confident Employer scheme accreditation is just one other way that the Met Office can ensure it is doing everything it can to guarantee wellbeing in the work place.