St John Ambulance has been awarded the Two Ticks Symbol, which demonstrates the charity’s dedication to employing, retaining and developing the careers of people with disabilities in the organisation.
The Two Ticks Symbol has been awarded by Jobcentre Plus for recognition of the leading first aid charity’s promise to meet the required five commitments.
These include guaranteeing an interview for all disabled applicants who meet minimum criteria for a job vacancy, consulting disabled employees regularly to make sure they can develop and use their abilities and to make every effort to retain employees if they become disabled.
The charity has also committed to improving knowledge within the workplace so all employees have an awareness of disability and what is needed for the commitment to work.
They will regularly review how the organisation is adhering to these commitments so plans can be developed for the future.
Martyn Lowe, Head of HR at the charity, says:
"St John Ambulance is committed to equal opportunities, inclusiveness and diversity and as such we are delighted to have been awarded the Two Ticks Symbol.
"We hope this sends out a clear message that we welcome people with a disability into the organisation and we will make the adaptations necessary to ensure they can work effectively and, importantly, grow in their role."
The accreditation will build on St John Ambulance’s equal opportunities policy which is already in place.
This policy applies to all employees, volunteers and service users ensuring that their commitment to equality extends to all who are involved with the charity.
The organisation is currently piloting a diversity audit of its volunteer membership which it hopes will determine how well the organisation reflects the local communities in which they operate.
The charity will also soon be searching for volunteers whose specific role will be to advise the organisation of equality, inclusiveness and diversity that affect our membership, enabling St John Ambulance to further meet the needs of the people they help and support.