Be Ready

Thousands of people across Devon are overlooked for jobs because of pre-conceived myths and ideas about disability and long-term health conditions.

Getting started

The “Be Ready” Employer Hub supports Devon-based businesses, charities, social enterprises and public sector to understand and build on the benefits of employing (and keeping) people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

Make a start

Our focus is on the ability and talent of individuals to highlight the business benefits of having a more diverse and inclusive workforce – from recruiting new roles to supporting existing employees (83% of disabilities develop during a person’s working life). As a fully funded service, we provide training (online and onsite), information and a telephone call-back service – all free-of-charge to Devon-based employers.

We recognise there is a lot of information and data available for employers, but it is not easy (or quick!) to find when you have limited time. Our Information Hub pulls together the key details you need to recruit and retain people with disabilities, such as Access to Work grants, and what “Reasonable Adjustments” look like in practice.

Our service also includes how to tap into the potential market of the Purple Pound — the estimated annual spend of disabled people, their family and friends worth c. £249 billion in the UK each year. This is even more vital for local businesses facing these unprecedented times.

CONTACT US ON-LINE by clicking the Get Started button below to go to our contact form and a member of the project team will get in touch.

How we can help

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Please think about your vulnerable staff. As a business support service, we recognise the challenging times our local employers are facing. The pandemic has left us in a unique situation in which employees may have had to disclose a disability or health-condition for the first time (as their condition had not impacted on their ability to work previously).

If this is happening in your business, or you know of existing staff within your business who have a disability or long-term health condition, we are here to help. We can provide guidance and links to specialist support for employers and access to grant funding. This includes mental health conditions, which may become more prevalent as people return to work.

The Department of Work and Pensions Access to Work grant scheme has introduced a number of measures to enable disabled people to move into or retain employment, which includes continued support to work at home. Please see our Access to Work page in the Knowledge Hub for more information.

Securing employment has always been a significant challenge for disabled people. This is now compounded by the fact that they may lose the security of existing employment or find themselves amongst an increasingly competitive labour market. When you are ready, contact us and we will help you recruit inclusively by thinking about disabled people, who like everyone else, just want to get back to work.

CALL US on 01392 241124 if you have a specific query and we will find an answer to your question within 48 hours.

Check out some of the facts

  • 77% of the public think more highly of companies that make an extra effort to employ people with a disability.

    Source: Mencap Factsheet 1—Charity Awareness Monitor, September 2004
  • People with a learning disability stayed in their job 3.5 times longer than their non-disabled co-workers.

    Source: Mencap 'Good for Business' - Beyer and Beyer 2017
  • 83% of people acquire their disability while in the work place.

    Source: Disability Confident

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