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.

Support that will be available for you - free of charge:


Practical training enabling a better understanding of disability and how to support people in the workplace


Telephone call-back service to answer your specific questions


Knowledge-sharing peer-to-peer Employer Network with lived/practical experience


Opportunity to join a nationally-recognised scheme that demonstrates your support of disabled people


On-line employer resource hub - everything you wanted to know about employing people with a disability or long term health condition

Did you know?

Employing a person with a disability is easier than you think.

Many people with disabilities do not require additional assistance to do their job.

Ashley and Fiona at work

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

We are ready!

Fiona (Business Director)

Meet Fiona—Find out how she's helped Ashley follow his ambition.

Two years ago Fiona took on Ashley, who has a learning disability. Here’s Fiona’s story of how being open and willing to learn has helped Ashley to become a valuable member of the team

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Paul (Employee)

Meet Paul—Determined to work and growing in confidence day-by-day.

Paul works in the Transfusion department at Torbay Hospital. Find out how what a permanent job means to Paul and what a difference it has made to his life.

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Ben (Jobseeker)

Meet Ben—He’s kind, committed and qualified, so why isn’t he employed?

Across Devon there are thousands of people who are skilled, ready and able to work. So what’s holding them back? For some it can all come down to how challenging the recruitment process can be. Take Ben for example.

View Case Study

Project Planned Support

The “Be Ready” Employer Hub project will be launched in February 2020. Below are some of the tools and resources planned as part of the service.

We are hosting focus groups for employers to ask for employers’ ideas and feedback on what they need to enable them to recruit and employ more people with a disability or long term health condition. These workshops are planned for:

  • Thursday 14 November Newton Abbot
  • Friday 22 November 9.30-11.30am Plymouth (Airport Business Centre)
  • Thursday 28 November 9.30-11.30am Bideford (Caddsdown Business Park)
  • Monday 2 December 9.30-11.30am Exeter (Larkbeare House, Topsham Road)


If you would like to participate, please contact us using the contact form and a member of the project team will be in touch.

Recruitment advice

  • Telephone Call back service to answer specific questions about recruitment and retention
  • Resource hub information about Positive and Inclusive Recruitment

On-line Information Hub

  • Detailed library of information about all aspects of disability and employment to help employers attract, recruit and retain disabled people.
  • Information collated and updated based on lived experience and practical knowledge.

Latest News and Updates

  • Articles and Updates on all aspects of employment and working with people with a disability or long term health condition, for example Regulatory / Legal changes, articles by Employers who have a diverse workforce.
  • Items of interest via our social media channels eg posts and news items on LinkedIn and Twitter @BeReadyHub

A desire to work, wanting to use skills and be valued, despite a long term health condition or impairment, is what drives people to seek employment. This drive and the need to be independent makes people committed and hard-working.

Source: Living Options, Disability Confident Leader