Employing People with Disabilities - what's involved
How much will it cost me as an employer if I participate?
Many employers want to help by offering employing to disabled people wherever they can but are concerned about the costs involved. We understand that any business needs to work to a strict budget. The answer is that there are no costs for you at all during the job trial period. Placements and Job Trials are offered to our clients on an unpaid and voluntary basis and they continue to receive whatever benefits that they are statutorily entitled to. If at the end of the trial period you want to employ them then it is expected that you make that decision entirely on its own merits and with the same terms and conditions as you would for any other applicant. So from the employer's perspective your support is entirely risk free and we hope that in the process you will find some valuable additions to your work force.
Does the employer have to put any special provisions or equipment in place?
You will not need any adjustments to your insurance. It would be illegal for any insurance company to discriminate against your business for employing disabled people. Your existing Employers Liability will cover you but if you have any doubts you should check with your insurance provider.
If after the Job Trial period you are able to offer the client employment but would require special aids or adaptations for them to be able to perform their duties then Phoenix will contact the Access To Work program on your behalf who will then assess the requirements and provide whatever is necessary.
Phoenix will provide whatever ongoing support is required to meet the needs of each client including, if necessary In Work Support and Job Coaching. We are always available to help in resolving any issues which may arise and to provide Disability Awareness Training for your business if you think it appropriate. Of course, we are always available to give general help and advice whenever you need it.
Both the employer and the client benefit from the arrangement
Employers sometimes ask if there are any benefits to their company from their participation. There are a number of ways of looking at this. Employing someone with a disability shows evidence and commitment to the Equal Opportunities Policy and the public are very supportive of businesses that include disabled people in their work force alongside the non-disabled. Employers are offered choice in their recruitment policy, which enables them to get the right person for the right job. You will often find that disabled people show a high level of commitment and loyalty to co-workers and the business and that they introduce a new team dynamic into the workforce.
If you are unable to offer continuing employment for whatever reason or if the client decides to return to college studies or try an alternative type of employment you should not regard this as in any sense a failure. You will have contributed significantly in helping that person choose the right path for themselves and gain self confidence which without your help may never have happened.