Disability Awareness Training

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Changing Mindsets:

Disability Awareness in the Workplace

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Thanks to our funding, we are able to offer FREE Disability Awareness training – either online or on-site (when lockdown restrictions allow). They are available as open programmes (for any size organisation or Start-Up located in Devon) or as bespoke workshops for larger organisations with groups of managers or employees wanting to attend.

Here’s what a recent attendee thought of our Disability and Employment course: “Looking back on the sessions, I think the course structure was perfect.  The modules covered essential information for employers and the topics were accessible, fun and easy to understand.  I really liked the relaxed and inclusive feel with permission to ask questions and “get the language wrong”.  The online course format was good because I didn’t have to travel and it was just 1 or 2 hours out of my day. I am very keen to keep learning and would love the opportunity to get involved by offering work experience (or something else) in future.” (July 2020)

Current courses:

Promotional image for the Taster webinar for Be Ready's training coursesWe have two courses available which are currently being scheduled on our Events Page. You can read outline details of each course below or you can attend a 30 minute Taster webinar which provides an overview of what the courses contain and how we provide the training. You can book these online tasters also on our Events page.

Disability and Employment – 4/5 Part Series

This online course about Disability and Employment is delivered as a 4-part series with an optional 5th workshop. It has been designed for Employers, Managers and those in HR roles to learn how to inclusively recruit, employ and retain the best talent for your organisation. The sessions cover:

  1. An Introduction to Disability Awareness in the Workplace, including Models of Disability, the Equality Act (2010) and Disability Discrimination
  2. Reasonable Adjustments – what the Equality Act (2010) requires of employers in terms of disability, such as what are Reasonable Adjustments
  3. Recruitment and Job Carving – how to provide/ enable an inclusive workplace and recruitment process, including ideas for Job Carving
  4. Access to Work Grant and the Disability Confident Scheme – how to apply for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Access to Work grant for employees (includes lived experience by people who have used it) and how to achieve the Disability Confident award to enhance your organisation’s reputation.
  5. Language and Communication – this is an optional session on how to overcome language or communication barriers to initiate a more “comfortable” conversation.

Accessibility for Websites

This 2-hour online workshop has been designed for web owners and managers who are non-technical but need to understand how how their organisation’s website is used (or not!) by people with online accessibility needs. This workshop provides practical advice about how to make your website easier to navigate by understanding the barriers to accessibility – and how to overcome them. There is also the option for a follow-up one-to-one session on how to write an Accessibility Statement (relevant to the size of your organisation). The topics covered in the workshop:

  • The commercial benefits of having an accessible website
  • What are the most common barriers to online access
  • Practical tools and tips to enable online accessibility – includes a section on Social Media

We aim to make our online delivery as interactive as if it was delivered face-to-face, so we ensure each session has plenty of learning activities and time for discussion, but only takes a maximum of 2 hours out of an attendee’s work schedule. Our training is delivered by experienced trainers who have either worked in the field of disability or who bring their personal lived experience as a disabled person.

We limit each course to a maximum of 15 participants to ensure the optimum trainer-time. Online delivery is usually via the Zoom platform, but we can also provide courses using Microsoft Teams. If you are new to using these platforms, we can provide instructions on how to attend our sessions in the most accessible way possible. Participants receive a Learner Pack ahead of the course which outlines what to expect for each session, a copy of the presentation slides for note taking, plus any additional files or background reading needed for the learning activities. After a course is completed, attendees can also receive a Certificate of Completion if they wish (often useful as evidence of CPD – Continuous Professional Development).

The above courses are also supported by our Business-to-Business (B2B) Local Learning Networks. Delivered as monthly facilitated meetings, these peer-supported networks enable business and charity owners, directors and managers to discuss, analyse and apply practical solutions for any issues or situations around the topic of disability and employment. More information is available on B2B Local Learning Networks

Please Note: Due to the way all Be Ready Employer Hub services are funded, they are only available free of charge for Devon-based employers. However, we recognise employers from outside Devon may wish to attend our online training. Therefore, we prioritise places for participants based in Devon, with bookings from other areas held on a waiting list until a space place is available. However all of the information provided in our disability awareness training is relevant only to UK-based law and regulations, which means we are unable to accept any bookings from outside the UK.