Press release: Ingeus announced as sponsor of 2016 Business Disability Forum conference and Retention Toolkit

17 March 2016

London, UK - 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 20 April at the Royal College of Nursing.

Ingeus are 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 joinassistive 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.

Delegates of the BDF conference will receive copies of the State of the Nation reports (employer and employee perspectives) and a copy of the Retention Toolkit: From Ad Hoc to Best Practice.

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Notes to editors:

1. Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit business consortium that represents some 300 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce. We have more than twenty years’ experience of working with public and private sector employers and service providers. For more information about the Forum please visit: http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/about-us.

2. For more information about the BDF conference: Recruiting and retaining disabled talent, visit: http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/training-and-events/our-conference/

3. For media/ journalist enquiries and to organise press interviews with guest speakers during the conference, please contact Emily Jackson, Press Officer on emilyj@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or call 020-7403-3020.

4. Microlink are the leaders in the field of Assistive Technology and have enabled over a quarter of a million people with health conditions to succeed in education and employment. Microlink consults at government level, wins numerous awards for its dedication, and sources the latest technology to deliver a service to their customers that’s second to none. For more information about Microlink, visit: http://www.microlinkpc.com/ 

5. Ingeus UK is a leading provider of people-centred services, such as employability programmes, skills training and health-related support, which help people to reach their full potential. For more information, visit: http://www.ingeus.co.uk/about/about-us,70.

6. To download a copy of the ‘State of the Nation’ Retaining and developing employees with disabilities – Stage 1 report, visit: http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/about-us/news/state-of-the-nation-report-retaining-and-developing-employees-with-disabilities/.

7. To download a copy of: State of the Nation: Retaining and developing employees with disabilities – Stage 2 report, visit: http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/about-us/news/press-release-new-research-cites-workplace-adjustments-and-organisational-values-as-biggest-aids-to-retention-of-disable/.