As part of our ‘Supporting workforce diversity: progressing staff equality in colleges’ project, Advance HE is looking for up to six Scottish colleges willing to explore the issue of recruitment of disabled staff with a view to trialling positive action measures to improve recruitment practices and increase numbers of disabled staff.
Why should Scottish colleges get involved?
Recent policy and legislation have aimed to enable, encourage and increase the recruitment, development and retention of disabled people. The Scottish Government has recently published its Disability Employment Action Plan outlining what it intends to do to at least halve the disability employment gap (DEG) in Scotland by 2038.
Recorded numbers of disabled staff in colleges are low, at 5.2% in 2016/17. This is compared to 11.7% in the public sector overall, and with an estimate of 20% in the working age population in Scotland.
Equality Challenge Unit (now Advance HE) research, Equality in colleges in Scotland: results from the 2017 staff survey and focus groups, found that once in post, disabled staff were more likely to express a poorer work experience than non-disabled staff.
Advance HE has produced a policy briefing, Disability Employment in Scotland: a policy briefing for Scotland’s Colleges. The purpose of the briefing is to provide an overview of the Scottish Government’s policy to increase the numbers of disabled people in employment and the implications for colleges.
What is involved?
Over a two year period, colleges will be supported to:
- Review and benchmark college data to appropriately assess underrepresentation.
- Develop an understanding of the barriers faced by disabled potential employees (for instance by undertaking qualitative research).
- Set specific and achievable targets in relation to improving the recruitment of disabled staff.
- Develop, deliver and evaluate positive action initiatives to improve the recruitment of disabled staff.
Advance HE will support colleges to analyse available data, develop an evidence-based approach to addressing under-representation, and subsequently develop positive action activities using existing college processes.
The deadline for applying to take part in this project is 26 April 2019. If you require further information about the project, discuss what type of commitment the project would require, or would like to submit your expression of interest, please contact: Stephanie Millar, Policy and Programme Adviser (Scotland) via email email@example.com or call +44 (0)1313 223737.