Windsor, UK – MyPlus Recruiters’ Club (MPRC) is an innovative membership forum for organisations to gain and share insights, build greater disability confidence and realise the possibilities of opening up graduate recruitment to students with disabilities. It currently has 40 members, including organisations from various industry sectors such as banking, consulting, legal and pharmaceuticals. Members include Barclays, BP, EY, Hogan Lovells and Enterprise Rent.
MyPlus Recruiters’ Club launched their Disability Progress Awards at its Recruiters' Club Annual Reception in 2018. With over 14% of students, a staggering 185,000 of students in higher education having a disability last year, the aim of the awards are to recognise the real progress some of its members, and their employees, have made around disability. The winners have demonstrated that they realise that by being inclusive and embracing the ‘plus’ that a disability can bring, it makes good business sense to recruit and develop this huge talent pool. The 2019 Disability Progress Awards winners were announced at the MyPlus Recruiters’ Club Annual Reception which was held for members on the 15th May hosted by EY in London
The award winners and the categories were;
EY for the MyPlus Students’ Club Best Company Profile Award This award recognises a company that has taken on board advice to help them effectively engage with disabled students and proactively market themselves as employers of choice to this talent pool. EY were chosen for having one of the most complete profiles on the Students’ Club website. With application advice encouraging openness, 6 employee case studies and comprehensive disability support, their profile demonstrates disability at the forefront. View EY’s profile at here
Morgan Stanley, Matthew Hands for The Most Powerful Personal Story Award which recognises that stories aren’t just important when it comes to engaging with disabled students, or showcasing internally the approach to disability, they are crucial. The winner of this award brought this to life, show casing their employer’s inclusive culture and support they can, and do, provide. Matt’s story was chosen for a number of reasons including the fact that it is very open and honest and he provided valuable lessons that others can learn from. He talks blatantly about how he used his disability to help ‘sell himself to his prospective employer’ and in doing so embraced the concept of ‘my plus’. Read it here.
Rickesh Advani, Undergraduate Cambridge University for The Best Disability Speaker/Advocate Award which acknowledges an individual who has taken the courageous step to speak about their disability. Individuals who share their story not only show others what is possible and in doing so motivate and raise expectations, but when talking to employers they remind them of the unique talents that disabled people can and do have, and that they are an asset in the workplace. Rickesh was chosen for speaking publicly about his situation and his experiences and doing so in a way that was so very powerful and engaging.
Enterprise for Most Progressed Inclusive Recruitment Award which recognises a company who has taken the steps to fully understand if they are barrier free for disabled applicants by objectively auditing their process through a disability lense and implementing the recommendations. Enterprise were chosen for demonstrating that they recognise inclusive recruitment is absolutely key to be serious about talent. Time and time again, they have seen beyond a person’s disability, which in some cases has been quite complicated, and instead seen the person and their ability. They have adjusted their recruitment process, as required, to ensure that the person could demonstrate their ability for the role. As a result they have recruited some really great individuals they would otherwise have missed out on.
Enterprise for Most Successful Business-wide Engagement Award. This award recognises a company who has taken on board advice and made real sustainable progress in attracting individuals to an organisation by approaching disability from a firm wide perspective. Enterprise were chosen for this award for recognising the importance of being disability confident in everything they do, from recruitment and people management, through to technology, marketing, communications and their customers. Their graduate team are really harnessing this to enable engagement with the talent pool of disabled individuals, supporting them through the process and into the organisation.
MyPlus Recruiters’ Club provides employers with the knowledge, confidence and support they require to attract, recruit and develop students with disabilities or long-term health conditions. With different levels of membership packages available, MPRC members can take advantage of a calendar of events which provide the opportunity to learn about key issues, share best practice and network with others facing similar challenges, benefit from consultancy days and gain access to students by showcasing their business on the MyPlus Students’ Club website www.myplusstudentsclub.com.
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