More than 5,000 colleagues disclosed a disability in our most recent colleague survey. We also potentially serve around six million customers affected by disability or long term health issues.
Traditionally, employment of disabled people in the UK has focused on making changes to physical infrastructure or working practices. We challenge this assumption and want to move the debate from simply accommodating disabilities to developing talent and providing careers, not just jobs. Our disability commitment is spearheaded by David Oldfield, Group Director, Retail and Consumer Finance. David is the Executive Sponsor for Disability and leads the Group’s Disability Programme.
We’re recognised as a leading employer by the Business Disability Forum, retaining our Gold Standard Benchmark in 2014 and running a ground-breaking Workplace Adjustment programme that has supported over 18,000 colleagues to date.
We work closely with Remploy to provide a work experience programme for people with disabilities, and are a proud partner of thePower 100 2017, which celebrates Britain's most inspiring and influential disabled people as role models for others.
The Business Disability Forum considers our Workplace Adjustment process for disabled colleagues as being ground breaking. We have worked with them to create a best practice case study that they have shared with around 400 other BDF member organisations and the process was shared at an event at the House of Lords as an example of best practice.
Our workplace adjustments process has received the Disability Smart Award for Adjustments over three consecutive years.
The Group offers development courses specific to colleagues with disabilities including the Personal Development Programme and Career Development Programme. The residential courses are run in conjunction with external disability consultants and have been described as life changing by previous attendees of the course. Over 1,500 disabled colleagues have now benefited from these programmes.
Supporting Disability Initiatives at Lloyds Banking Group