How to become a disability confident recruiter: The 8 sections of our student recruitment toolkit

‘Disability confidence’ is a term often used yet rarely defined. We talk about being disability confident employers, in our recruitment processes, as service providers and in technology however we rarely stop and think about what this means in practice. However, unless it is clear what it means to be ‘disability confident’, organisations can’t be expected to ‘be’ it.

In designing the MyPlus Student Recruitment Toolkit the aim was not only to clearly define what it means to be disability confident in student recruitment but also to set out what employers practically need to do. It is all very well talking about becoming disability confident however in reality it needs to be tangible and will lead to success. Our Toolkit sets out exactly what is meant by disability confident in Student Recruitment - in 8 clear areas. In addition, it sets out exactly what it is that employers need to do, and achieve, to say that they are a disability confident employer when it comes to recruiting students who have a disability. Much of the Toolkit is also relevant for lateral hire recruitment.

In designing the Toolkit the first step was to define disability confident and this was defined as follows:

Our definition recognises that firms need to have both the process and the mindset if they are to be successful. Often firms want to make progress in this area but do not have the processes in place to support making it happen; or they have the processes but not the culture to drive the agenda forward. It is imperative to ensure that you have both if you are to be successful in achieving tangible, measureable results.

Having defined Disability Confidence the Toolkit lays out the 8 areas that employers must consider. The 8 areas follow the natural recruitment journey starting with strategy before moving on to areas such as attraction, screening and adjustments and finally ending with DC for recruiters and hiring managers. For each section, there is a definition of what disability confident looks like, a checklist of areas to consider and a Top Tip.

MyPlus Consulting launches Disability Recruitment Toolkit

MyPlus Consulting, one of the UK’s leading authorities in disability recruitment and development, launched its widely anticipated Recruiters Toolkit at the MyPlus Recruiters’ Club Annual Reception on May 18th.

The MyPlus Student Recruitment Toolkit ‘Recruiting talented disabled students: from engagement to onboarding’ helps businesses understand what being a disability confident student recruiter means in practice, and what the practical steps are to achieve this. The toolkit provides a step-by-step guide to achieving disability confidence in 8 key focus areas, enabling employers to easily understand what they need to do, and how to measure progress.

Helen Cooke Founder and Director of MyPlus Consulting said ‘In developing the Student Recruitment Toolkit, we wanted to define what we meant by ‘disability confidence’ in student recruitment and, more importantly, what it means for employers. It was important to provide employers with practical steps that they needed to be taking to achieve real success in recruiting and supporting students with disabilities.’

The toolkit comes as an in depth interactive pdf and a high-level desk calendar summary version, and provides details of specific activities recommended to enhance a company’s ability to attract and retain talented students with disabilities. The toolkit is exclusive to MyPlus Recruiters’ Club members. Members also benefit from a Disability Café, a highly interactive and practical style of workshop, on June 15th where they will learn how to use the new toolkit.