THE ENGINE MANUFACTURING CENTRE ARE RECOGNISED AS DISABILITY CONFIDENT LEADERS
Jaguar Land Rover
The Engine Manufacturing Centre have recently received a renewal of their Disability Confident Leader status. On their quest to think differently about disability and having taken action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people, here we explore how they achieved that certification.
As part of their ambition to have a workforce which represents the community, when the Engine Manufacturing Centre (EMC) was first built and they were recruiting to roles, the team quickly realised that they were getting very few applicants to the EMC associate roles from disabled candidates.
Determined to change that, the plant partnered with an organisation who were working in Wolverhampton to assist local employers to find disabled candidates looking for a job.
Candidates referred to Jaguar Land Rover by this organisation then went through exactly the same recruitment process as everyone else, but with appropriate reasonable adjustments made if required – such as having a sign language interpreter present.
Through this scheme, the EMC recruited disabled candidates, some of which are still working at the Engine Manufacturing Centre today.
Zoe Miller, EMC’s HR Business Partner was one of the team who spearheaded this and other actions to make the EMC an inclusive environment for disabled people. So much so that the EMC received its first ‘Disability Confident’ leader status in 2017.
Zoe said: “The EMC was originally awarded this status in 2017 and at the time it was the first organisation in the Black Country and the first ever manufacturing facility in the UK to achieve this and I am delighted that we have been re-accredited with this status following our four-year review.”
So, what does 'Disability Confident' leadership look like? Zoe explained: “Disability Confident is a scheme run by the UK Government encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.
"Leader level is the highest level within the scheme and is awarded to organisations who not only demonstrate this, but also who act as a champion for Disability Confident within the local business community.”
The EMC has worked closely with Jaguar Land Rover’s SHINE network, our employee network which works to champion and celebrate equality and diversity through support of colleagues affected by disabilities.
Russ Winchester, the SHINE Network’s External Liaison concluded: "The SHINE network is a Jaguar Land Rover employee-led network seeking to support those who identify as having a disability, long term condition, those that perform the role of carer and those that have an interest in well-being at work."
It's great to hear that disability inclusion has been truly embedded within the culture of the EMC.
The endorsement of the external scheme of Disability Confidence is something to be extremely proud of. Through the continued work of the SHINE disability network, we will maintain our focus to drive positive change around the key topics for disability at Jaguar Land Rover.
Russ WinchesterExternal Liaison for Jaguar Land Rover's SHINE Network