Glevum are one of eight companies nominated for the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year in the Security and Fire Excellence Awards to be held later this month at the prestigious Hilton on Park Lane hotel in London.
“Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative” sounds a bit of a mouthful, so let me explain what it means.
The Disability Confident Commitments is a Government initiative designed to encourage employers to engage more with people with leaning difficulties and disabilities and to create more employment opportunities for them.
Steve Barnett, our joint MD, has been working with our local MP and Gloucestershire County Council Forward Clubs as an employer Ambassador. Over the last four years Steve has been holding workshops every month for people with learning difficulties & disabilities.
These workshops include topics aimed at sharpening their employability skills so that they will become ready for employment. Amongst the things covered are:
• Interview skills
• How to complete an application form to meet an employer’s requirements
• One to one mentoring
• Supporting candidates with work experience opportunities
This has opened doors for Glevum, enabling us to take the program to local schools where presentations are given to students aimed at providing them with the confidence to apply for employment opportunities.
Steve has also presented at local Forward Disability Confident Events to share his experience as a local employer and to encourage other employers to engage with this initiative.
Overall this has be a great project for Glevum to be involved with and it has helped with our own recruitment issues whilst supporting the local community with employment opportunities.
The team and I are all really pleased that our scheme has been recognised by the organisers of the Security and Fire Excellence Awards and will let you know how we get on.