Disabled people in the workplace championed by award-winning consultancy
Government Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, has praised Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative (RIDI) Award winner Delsion, for its ‘inspirational and motivational’ work in promoting the inclusion of disabled people in the workplace.
Delsion, which is based in Wales, was awarded the ‘Disability Confident’ accolade at the 2015 RIDI Awards - which was offered in partnership with the government’s Disability Confident campaign - for its work positioning Swansea as the UK’s first Disability Confident employer city.
Tomlinson’s comments were made at a recent presentation at the House of Commons, where he also outlined the Government’s commitment to halve the disability employment gap. The event, titled ‘Our Vision for Disabled Employability within Wales’, was hosted by Carolyn Harris, MP. Julian John, who founded Delsion to promote disability inclusion in the workplace after its founder experienced long-term unemployment after becoming disabled with brain damage, was headline speaker. During his presentation, he showcased RIDI’s ‘5 Steps to Disability Confidence’ video.
Responding to the Minister’s endorsement, John commented, “When we founded Delsion, we had a vision to support and promote a more effective approach to disability inclusion within employment. Disability is all around us, but what we don’t have is disclosure. My career background in human resources, coupled with my personal experience of being long-term unemployed through disability, led me to create a consultancy that would assist disabled people into work and promote the benefits of engaging with disabled talent.
“Our success to date has been phenomenal. We are engaging with employers including the DWP, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Royal Mail. Job Centre Plus has reported increased engagement around disability employment and we are working with the Welsh Government on the Welsh Disability Charter. We were also awarded RIDI’s Disability Confident Award at this year’s ceremony. To be in a position where we are speaking at the House of Commons, being recognised by Justin Tomlinson, and, most importantly, making a real difference to the lives of disabled jobseekers, is fantastic.
“We believe that this is the greatest opportunity and step-change to providing sustainable employment opportunities to disabled job seekers in the UK and I’d urge all employers and recruiters to get involved with a campaign if given the chance.”
Kate Headley, chair of the judging panel at the RIDI Awards and development director at the Clear Company, said, “I am delighted, although not altogether surprised, that Delsion’s campaign has received endorsement from the Government Minister for Disabled People. Thanks to the passion of its founders, Delsion has really raised the bar when it comes to action to increase the inclusion of disabled professionals. The RIDI judging panel were awestruck by the achievements of this small employer, facing personal challenges, which exceeded the goliath task of creating a Disability Confident Swansea event from scratch. Delsion presents an example of what can be achieved with tenacity, enthusiasm and drive – and I am sure that other organisations have been inspired to follow its example.”