Speaker: Helen Chipchase, Disability and Carers Lead, BT Diversity Centre of Expertise
Unfortunately due to illness the seminar on Employment of Disabled People and Carers at BT on Tuesday 12 March has now been cancelled.
Location: Room C300, City University London, Tait Building, EC1V 0HB (Accessible through the main Northampton Square building).
Each year the the Division of Health Services Research and Management at City University London runs a series of events and seminars which provide a platform for academics, practitioners and service users to discuss developments on best practice and help promote social inclusion for disabled people and others at risk of social exclusion, through research, teaching and consultancy. Previous topics have included: welfare at work, disability services in an age of austerity, challenges for the third sector, insurance and social inclusion.
These events are free to attend but registration is essential.
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In this presentation Helen Chipchase will cover the business case for inclusion of disabled people and those with caring responsibilities and BT's initiatives in facilitating their employment.
Helen is BT's disability and carers expert. She has a number of years' experience working in employee relations and diversity in the private sector. She represented BT/the UK at the European Commission, leading sectoral social dialogue on diversity and inclusion and wrote a booklet highlighting good practice across telecos from the member states. Through BT's Enable scheme, Helen has ensured that over 3000 BT people with a disability get the adjustments they need to remain in productive employment. Working with Remploy, Helen has recruited 300 people with disabilities into roles in BT call centres through BT's Able to Work programme. Helen is increasing disability confidence at BT though her Including You programme, which includes maximising opportunities for BT people to volunteer within the disability charity sector. Helen represents BT on the Department for Work and Pensions Employer Engagement steering group and was recently appointed to the government' s Access to Work experts panel. Helen also attends Disability Rights UK's Leadership panel.
In recognition of Helen's leadership on the disability agenda, BT was awarded joint first place in the 2009 Employers Forum on Disability (now Business Disability Forum) Disability Standard benchmark with a score of 97% against an industry average of just 57% (organisations are scored on disability across the whole business from their products and services to recruitment and facilities). BT also won the Award for Excellence in the Employment of Disabled People in Breakthrough UK's Independent Living Awards 2009, and was Employer of the Year at the MS Society Awards in 2011. Helen volunteers with the Association of Carers in her home town of Hastings, and Disability Rights UK in London and was a Games Maker for the Olympic and Paralympic games. She was shortlisted for the RADAR People of the Year Awards in November 2010.