Leading the way for people with disabilities
First for Scottish Local Authority
North Lanarkshire has become the first local authority in Scotland to achieve Disability Confident Leader status.
The council achieved the prestigious recognition for actively looking to attract and recruit disabled people and providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process.
Disability Confident is the new standard which replaces the Double Tick initiative and aims to help employers successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.
Pauline McCafferty, Learning & Development Manager with North Lanarkshire Council explained: "We offer a variety of work trials, work placements and apprenticeships and offer suitable development opportunities for disabled employees. In addition to this, we have had the self-assessment externally challenged to validate our commitment to the principles of the standard.
"As a Disability Confident Leader, we are committed to engaging with local employers to start the Disability Confident journey, provide mentoring and peer support for other employers, explaining about Disability Confident at business events and providing work placements and trials for people seeking employment."
The council achieved the Level 3 Leader Award on 6 March 2017.