Disability Confident

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can offer a business. 19% of working age people have a disability or long-term health condition in the UK (equivalent to 6 million people). Is your business missing out by overlooking disabled talent? Watch this film to see how Somerset businesses are benefiting from supporting disabled colleagues.

The problem

The employment rate for disabled and people with long-term health conditions has been significantly lower than for non-disabled people for many years. In 2012, 56% of UK businesses surveyed by the UK Disability Employment Gap scheme said they can see the benefits of employing disabled people. However, only 8% of companies employed someone with a disability or long-term health condition. To improve we require a long-term, systemic and cultural change.

The benefits

Over 6840 UK businesses have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme – 85 of which are based in Somerset. Become disability confident and:

  • recruit from the widest possible pool of talent
  • attract and retain high quality, skilled, reliable and committed employees
  • save recruitment time and costs by reducing staff turnover
  • reduce occurrences of sickness absences
  • improve team morale and dedication by treating all employees fairly and without prejudice
  • help to positively change attitudes, behaviours and cultures.

Want to become Disability Confident?

The Government scheme has 3 levels to support you through the process. You can access the digital Disability Confident sign up form. Once filled in, please return to Debbie Barsby (DWP - Somerset District) direct via debbie.barsby@dwp.gsi.gov.uk.

Level 1: Disability Confident Committed

To be recognised as a Disability Confident Committed employer, you must agree to the following commitments:

  • inclusive and accessible recruitment
  • communicating vacancies
  • offering an interview to disabled people
  • providing reasonable adjustments
  • supporting existing employees

Businesses must also undertake at least one action that will make a difference for disabled people, such as offering work experience, apprenticeships or paid employment.

Many businesses are already doing these things. However, by signing up as Disability Confident Committed your organisation would receive:

  • an achievement recognition certificate
  • a website ‘badge’ and other marketing materials for 1year
  • a self-assessment to help complete Level 2

Learn more or sign up today.

Level 2: Disability Confident Employer

Level 2 involves self-assessing your business around 2 themes:

  • attracting and recruiting the right people for your organisation
  • retaining and developing your employees

As a Disability Confident Employer, you would be acknowledged for ensuring disabled people are given equal opportunity as your employee.

Complete an online self-assessment (received on completion of Level 1), then confirm its completion. Your business will then be registered as a Disability Confident Employer for 2years. By achieving Level 2 your organisation would receive:

  • an achievement recognition certificate
  • a website ‘badge’ and other marketing materials for 2years
  • information on how to complete Level 3

Learn more or confirm the completion of your self-assessment here.

Level 3: Disability Confident Leader

Level 3 requires businesses to act as a champion for disability confidence within local and business sector communities. To become a Disability Confident Leader, you are required to:

  • have your Level 2 self-assessment externally validated
  • evidence your actions as a Disability Confident Leader

By becoming a recognised Disability Confident Leader, your business will receive:

  • an achievement recognition certificate
  • a website ‘badge’ and other marketing materials for 3years

Learn more or confirm the completion and validation of your self-assessment here.


For more info, visit the Disability Confident Campaign website.


Watch and read more Disability Confident case studies here.