Wales' talent is everywhere. We want the best of it

by David Clubb | May 28, 2019

A Wales of all the talents

We believe that Wales’ best potential will only be attained if we can tap the abilities of all of our people. We also know that many people struggle to reach their own full potential, not because they lack the talent or the skills, but because their disabilities make entering the workplace more challenging than it should be.

We want to work with the most talented people – wherever they are based, and whatever their physical circumstances – and are delighted to announce that we have been accepted to the ‘Disability Confident‘ scheme. It’s a UK Government scheme which aims to support employers in recruiting and retaining the best talent, including from the pools of people who have a disability or health condition.

We intend to understand from disabled people’s user led organisations how we can make any work opportunities as accessible as possible to as wide a range of people as possible. We think that our method of working with people embedded in their local communities will assist with the accessibility of our work opportunities, because colleagues are able to work in the home or office conditions which suit them best.

The spirit of Future Generations

The Future Generations Well-being Goals and Ways of Working are both supported by good practice engendered in the Disability Confident scheme.

Making it easier for people with health problems or disabilities into meaningful and valued work supports:

  • A ‘healthier Wales’ by enabling more people to enter the workplace, reducing stigma and mental health issues
  • A ‘more resilient Wales’ by helping to improve skills and retaining knowledge across the widest possible range of people
  • A ‘more equal Wales’ by ensuring that the fruits of gainful employment are shared more equally with currently disadvantaged groups
  • A ‘prosperous Wales’ by making the best possible talent available to us, and enabling us to provide an outstanding service to our clients

 

The Future Generations Act also specifies the need to work differently, using the Five Ways of Working. With Afallen taking part in the Disability Confident scheme, we can more easily demonstrate:

  • Integration of our outputs with the needs of other service delivery partners in the public or private sector
  • Strengthening Wales’ long-term ability to provide meaningful employment for people with different abilities
  • The ability of people with disabilities or health conditions to more easily access work, mitigating future costs to the individual or public support services (prevention)
  • Collaboration with new partner organisations which could lead to better Well-being Outcomes for all parties
  • Involvement with people who reflect Wales’ diversity in full 

It’s important to us that a Wales-based consultancy is able to offer an extremely high level of quality, from a cohort of specialists which reflect Wales’ diversity in all aspects. Working with people from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences increases overall performance, and we think that our first steps into the Disability Confident scheme will help us achieve the excellence that is our aim.

You can see all our accreditations on this page – with more to follow in the coming months! 

If you have any thoughts on our approach, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, or drop us some comments below.

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