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Disability Confident

Disability Confident and what it means for you

Disability Confident is the government's new scheme aimed to help talented people with disabilities and health conditions get noticed by employers. As a Disability Confident workplace, Surrey County Council promotes both equal opportunities through our recruitment process and a positive culture across our services. We are dedicated to retaining and developing our disabled employees.

Our commitment to being a Disability Confident employer

Surrey County Council have a proactive attitude when it comes to looking after the wellbeing and inclusion of all our employees. We are diverse in our approach to recruitment and recognise that talent comes in all different forms. The diversity in our teams is what helps our business work so well. Our commitment to being a Disability Confident employer means we will offer you equal opportunities to help you start your career with us and make a difference.

How does the recruitment process work?

You will be asked if you consider yourself to have a disability. If you select yes, our Disability Confident symbol lets you know:

  • You will be automatically shortlisted for an interview if you meet the essential job criteria
  • We will make reasonable adjustments to ensure you are considered for the job on an equal basis with other applicants.

You will also be asked to complete an equalities monitoring form to help us monitor our recruitment processes and ensure our workforce reflects the community we serve.

We also have an application guidance page which you may find useful. Here you will find:

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

The guaranteed interview scheme is set in place to ensure that nobody is overlooked or discriminated against because of their disability. If you meet the minimum criteria when you apply and you have ticked the box to show you have a disability, you will be guaranteed an interview for that role.

You can also inform us of any special requirements that you may need for the interview or any other selection process. If you feel there are any reasonable adjustments that could help you then please do let us know by listing them.

Additional support

If you are a disabled person you will be able to get additional support from a Disability Employment Adviser at Job Centre Plus. The work coach will find out about your abilities and the sort of job that would suit you. Then they draw up a plan of action with you to help you get closer to or into work.

The GOV.UK website has more information about the support Disability Employment Advisers can offer. In addition Remploy offer support through their online training tools which include an ability profiler, a CV builder and mock interviews.

You can also read further on Surrey's commitment to equality and diversity.

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