Being reasonable – accessing disability support during the recruitment process – 10th October 2023

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"I liked today’s structure in terms of pace and timing and it felt good to have little questions/review/dialogue between each section from the chat. I’ve been to many events which have not been anywhere as smoothly and professionally run as today's was." – Natalya Dell, Disability Adviser

The 15% of disabled students at UK universities find it harder to secure work experience, placements and graduate employment than their non-disabled counterparts. A key reason for this is that disabled students are not requesting the support they need to succeed during the recruitment process and are therefore not able to demonstrate their suitability for the role that they are applying for.

Recruitment processes are designed to be challenging and competitive, however for those with a disability they can be impossible if appropriate support and adjustments are not put in place. Not surprisingly, however, asking for this support is challenging.

The workshop will enable delegates to advise students on accessing the support they require by:

-Highlighting the wide variety of support and adjustments that employers can provide

-Providing insights into how the adjustment process works

-Enabling delegates to confidently advise their students to request the support they need

-Providing practical tools to support students during the application process

This webinar will be delivered by Helen Cooke, CEO and Founder of MyPlus; it will be run as an interactive event and provide the opportunity for discussion, questions and sharing best practice. This webinar is free to attend.

This webinar is taking place on Tuesday 10th October; 10am - 11.15am. 

Who should attend?

This webinar is ideal for anyone working in careers and employability who is keen to build their expertise to provide the specialist careers advice that students require to enable them to overcome the additional challenges that having a disability can bring to the job hunting and recruitment process.

I thought your multi-layered approach to ways in which sharing (disclosing) may be helpful gave reassurance whilst also recognising that this can be a complex matter.

– Claire, University of York