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SoloProtect sees value in employing disabled people

SoloProtect has joined leading businesses in Sheffield and is reaping the benefits of recruiting highly motivated disabled staff.

The Opportunity Sheffield Disability Campaign, which runs in partnership with Disability Confident, aims to help businesses in Sheffield who want to recruit, train and develop local talent - especially those with disabilities.

SoloProtect is proving that they have a positive approach to employing disabled people by being Disability Confident level 2 and fully embracing the Opportunity Sheffield disability campaign. As a result, they are now seeing the benefits of employing highly motivated disabled staff.

In April 2015, Sarah Mackie became SoloProtect's first HR Manager. Sarah, who also has a learning disability, made such a positive impact, that she's now implemented a number of changes to improve SoloProtect's recruitment process, including actively encouraging applications from disabled people.

‘We’ve made positive changes to our processes so we’re accessible to recruiting people with disabilities. We advertise roles through Remploy to encourage more disabled applicants and help us bring in new talent to help us grow our business.’

The Opportunity Sheffield disability campaign was introduced to provide a pathway to sustainable employment for jobseekers facing barriers to work. Sheffield City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions developed the campaign with the aim to increase the number of employers offering employment opportunities for disabled people, and to increase the number of people with disabilities in employment.

Keli Ashby a SoloProtect Alarm Receiving Centre Operator, has a condition which causes visionary problems. Since joining SoloProtect she has been impressed with the treatment she’s received.

‘They [SoloProtect] are very focused on the wellbeing of their staff. I feel a strong loyalty here and I’m always willing to give my all for the way they treat me and all their staff.'

Craig Swallow, SoloProtect Managing Director, believes the benefits of employing experienced, skilled workers far outweighs the cost of making reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabled employees.

‘Encouraging applications from disabled people helps to increase the number of quality applicants and creates a diverse and motivated workforce.’

Article Published 28.11.2016