Diversity consultancy, the Clear Company, this week joined the Civil Service’s Disability Employer Advisory Panel (DEAP) to celebrate the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO’s) achievements in improving the inclusion of disabled professionals.
The FCO has been confirmed as a leading organisation for accessibility and inclusion by the Business Disability Forum (BDF).
Measures which were celebrated on the day include the Civil Service Workplace Adjustments Service (CSWAS), which overseas workplace adjustment provision for five Government departments, as well as a number of talent schemes designed to support disabled professionals in career progression. The Civil Service’s Positive Action Pathway, a programme for under-represented groups, has so far helped 292 disabled participants to develop their careers.
Kate Headley, director at The Clear Company is a member of DEAP, which was formed by Sir Philip Rutnam, permanent secretary at the Department for Transport (DfT), to identify barriers to disabled talent within the Civil Service and find potential solutions.
Headley commented, “The Civil Service’s success in increasing the inclusion of disabled professionals is nothing short of phenomenal. Thanks to the tenacity of Sir Philip Rutnam and his colleagues, solutions have been put in place which are having a real, lasting and measurable impact on not only the Civil Service’s ability to attract and retain talent, but also the long-term prospects of numerous talented individuals.”
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