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Job application under Disability Confident scheme

CosmoCosmoCosmoCosmo Posts: 3Member Connected
Is there any official way to give feedback to the awarding body about the Disability Confident scheme? I recently applied for a job with a level 2 employer who pledges to give disabled people who meet the minimum requirements of the post an interview. The requirements are not clearly defined in the job description, however, I did ensure that I evidenced the requirements detailed in the Person Specification including qualifications, skills and experience and personal qualities, and I believe that I more than meet the minimum requirements. (I applied for a managerial position, before becoming disabled I was working at Head of Dept level in a similar role). However, I haven't been invited to interview, when I asked for feedback I was told that I hadn't evidenced experience in a small number of areas, which weren't included in the Person Spec (I could have supplied evidence if I'd known it was required!). Thanks for your help.

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  • mwila_scopemwila_scope Posts: 49Support to Work Courageous
    Hi @CosmoCosmo,

    Welcome to the online community and many thanks for your post.

    Sorry to hear about your experience with the Disability Confident Scheme. Unfortunately, in order to become Level 1 and 2 disability confident, employers have to carry out a self assessment by reading the guidance set out by the DWP, undertake the self assessment, agree to the core actions and agree to at least one further activity, therefore it means that there  isn't any form of external assessment/ audit or a governing body monitoring the recruitment procedures undertaken by some employers on this scheme meaning that some might not be adhering to the standards set by the scheme.

    If you felt you met the relevant criteria set out in the person specification and therefore meet the minimum requirement required for an interview, as set out by the scheme, then i would enquire with the human resources department of said organization.  You can also leave feedback directly with the Department of Work and Pensions who are the awarding body, by emailing; [email protected]

    Hope that helps and let us know how you get on 
    Mwila
    Scope Employment Advisor
    Phone: 0300 222 5742
    Email: [email protected]
    www.scope.org.uk/supporttowork
  • CosmoCosmoCosmoCosmo Posts: 3Member Connected
    Thanks for the swift response @mwila_scope it's appreciated. I requested feedback from the HR dept and got a reply which was really a bit of a cop out IMHO. Pretty rubbish that employers can self assess but then aren't monitored. I'll email my feedback to DWP as you suggest.
  • atlas46atlas46 Posts: 634Community champion Pioneering
    Hi @CosmoCosmo

    If you wish to take matters further than the DWP, then I suggest you speak to the Disability Rights Commission (DRC), helpline number 08457 622 633.

    You may also wish to speak to ACAS.

    For the record, the DWP would be the last port of call, for someone in your situation.

    Employers need to be called out more about such matters.

    Keep us informed.

  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    Your best bet is to call them tomorrow morning to discuss everything. Keep a paper trail for the future. As a last ditch option you can also contact the DRC too. It’s worth pursuing this. I am about to take legal action against my former childcare provider for endangering my boy’s life. This is not appropriate. 
  • CosmoCosmoCosmoCosmo Posts: 3Member Connected
    Thanks @atlas46 and @April2018mom. I'm shocked that employers can self assess the first two levels and award themselves the accreditation, without any proof that they are actually fulfilling the requirements! 
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