BDF announces Ingeus as major sponsor for 2016 disability conference

Nell Walker
- Leadership - Mar 22, 2016

Business Disability Forum (BDF) is delighted to announce that Ingeus is a new major sponsor for the 2016 BDF conference ‘Recruiting and retaining disabled talent’ on 20th April at the UK's Royal College of Nursing.

Ingeus is also sponsoring BDF’s Retention Toolkit and Retention Maturity Model. The toolkit is the most comprehensive and current resource available, featuring more than 80 case studies and examples of great practices in retaining employees with disabilities across BDF’s membership. The Retention Toolkit and Retention Maturity Model will be officially launched at the conference.

Ingeus is a leading provider of people-centred services, including employability programmes, skills training and health-related support, which help people to reach their full potential in the workplace. They join assistive technology specialists and BDF Partner, Microlink as co-sponsors of the conference.

Speaking about this sponsorship, Tijs Broeke, Communications Director at Ingeus said: “Ingeus is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Business Disability Forum conference and the accompanying Retention Toolkit and Maturity Model which will take a timely look at how we can work together to improve the recruitment and retention of disabled people in the workplace.”

The development and launch of the Retention Toolkit follows on from BDF’s 2015 ‘State of the Nation’ report on the retention and development of employees with disabilities (supported by EY, Royal Mail, Lloyds Banking Group, Department for Work and Pensions, Equal Approach, de Poel Community and Remploy Employment Services). The research made clear the specific strategies any employer - no matter what sector or what size - can take to retain and develop their employees with disabilities and long-term health conditions.

The Retention Toolkit offers employers innovative and practical approaches to retaining employees with disabilities and long-term health conditions. These are grounded in best practice; showcasing examples from some of the best in class employers. Moreover, as an electronic resource, the toolkit will be continuously updated.

To help further, BDF is pleased to set out the Retention Maturity Model developed with their Partners to help implement evidence based approaches to embedding best practice in how to retain and develop colleagues with disabilities and long term health conditions. The Retention Maturity Model forms part of the overall toolkit and offers a systematic approach for moving from ‘where do we start?’ to ‘how do we embed best practice in retention?’

George Selvanera, Director of Policy, Services and Communications at BDF and author of the Retention Toolkit said: “Building best practice in retaining employees with disabilities and long-term health conditions is the challenge of our time. As our workforce ages - and by 2020 more than 1 in 3 employees will be aged 50 or more in the UK - we have ever more employees who need adjustments. Getting it right for these employees is the right thing to do, but it’s more than that: it is a commercial imperative for UK PLC.

“The Retention Maturity Model is a step by step approach to making employment for people with disabilities and long term health conditions easier and better for business and employees.”

BDF & Ingeus are pleased to present a free preview of the Retention Toolkit & Maturity Model ahead of the launch on 20 April.

Click here to view and download the preview of recruitment and retention top tips, more of which are set out in the Retention Toolkit.


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