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The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.
The scheme has 3 levels that have been designed to support companies on their Disability Confident journey. Employers must complete each level before moving on to the next. It is free to sign up and use their guidance.
It is important for employers to find the best person for the role and they can benefit hugely from recruiting and retaining disabled people and people with health conditions. Over 7 million people (17.5%) of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition. Being Disability Confident can help an employer discover talent they potentially would not have utilised previously.
Being Disability Confident can also benefit an employer by:
By building a reputation as a Disability Confident employer that actively seeks out and hires skilled disabled people, an employer will be helping to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures, not just in their immediate business but in their networks, supply chains, and the communities around them.
Disability Confident is working with employers to:
The scheme is made up of 3 levels: Committed, Employer and Leader. An employer must work through each level to progress to the next.
To become a Disability Confident employer, they will need to self-assess their business against a set of statements grouped into two themes, getting the right people for he business and keeping and developing their people.
When Disability Confident receive an employer’s validated assessment, they’ll send a badge to use on the business’ website and other materials for 3 years.