As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, QBE has signed up to the Department for Work and Pensions’ Disability Confident scheme.
This scheme helps organisations to recruit and retain disabled people and those with long-term health conditions, so that they can fulfil their potential and achieve their goals.
More than 5,000 companies are signed up, including Willis, Allianz, AXA and Aviva.
How we qualified
The scheme offers three levels of accreditation, with all organisations starting at the first level: being named Disability Confident Committed.
To qualify, we agreed to a range of commitments for the coming year, including ensuring our recruitment process is accessible and making adjustments to support existing staff.
Senior Auditor Melissa Sergides, who is leading this work as part of QBE’s Workability network, said: “Gaining this accreditation is a really positive step in demonstrating publicly our commitment to eliminating discrimination in the workplace.
“We are confident that QBE already meets the required criteria, however, over the next year we will review and develop any areas that need to be strengthened. We hope to progress to the next stage of membership in 2019, which will see QBE become a Disability Confident Employer.”
The Workability group: here to help
QBE Workability is a network that celebrates and raises awareness of people with disabilities, both physical and mental, and aims to create a better working environment.
QBE provides a wide range of support to employees with disabilities, including providing specialist equipment; Read&Write literacy software; mental health mentoring; and the Employee Assistance Programme.
Janet Blaber, EO Data Manager, says: “I’ve never hidden that I’m dyslexic and never felt the need to; QBE and my colleagues have always supported me when I’ve needed help. Two years ago, I was finding it harder to keep on top of emails and documents due to changes within my role, so I asked for an assessment, which QBE was only too pleased to arrange.
“I was recommended Read&Write software, which helps me to check what I’ve written by reading it back to me, and also helps me read long documents. This has made me feel more confident in my role.”