Intelligently focusing on barrier-free recruitment

30 September 2019

Recruitment organisation Intelligent Resource has committed to continuing its pledge to be a barrier-free recruitment business, continuing its work with Business Disability Forum.

Intelligent Resource is the new name for Sopra Steria Recruitment and the team there said:

“Our vision is to be a barrier-free recruitment business, ensuring that obstacles which disabled workers often face are completely removed, so everyone has access to and can benefit from the same opportunities.

As we enter into the second year as a Business Disability Forum (BDF) Partner organisation we took a moment to reflect on the progress we have made, and the work we still have to do on our journey to becoming disability-smart.

Whilst the ethos of barrier-free recruitment is established across our business, it is only in the last eighteen months that we have been able to make substantial progress in this area and accelerate our activities. These have included reviewing and updating our processes, strengthening our collaborative partnerships and raising the profile of best practice internally and externally throughout our extensive client base and within the wider recruitment profession.

We have worked with BDF for a number of years, firstly as a Member and more recently as a Partner organisation. BDF has supported us in embedding best practice across our organisation with training, awareness  and with help reviewing our systems and processes, job adverts and our corporate website. This collaborative working has allowed us to make numerous enhancements and improve the journey for candidates.

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Alongside this, Intelligent Resource has also been a key sponsor and supporter of two key BDF initiatives:

  • The Access to Employment Taskforce brings together like-minded organisations which are looking at the best ways in which a barrier free path to employment for disabled people can be created. This includes looking at how organisational attraction, recruitment and retention practices can be improved. Members of the taskforce include many familiar brands and we are collectively working together.
  • We are also sponsors of the Charter for disability-smart recruitment providers and have worked with BDF to set out ten competencies which recruitment service providers should strive to meet to ensure that they are attracting and accommodating job seekers with disabilities and long-term conditions. This includes ensuring recruitment processes  are as inclusive and barrier-free as possible.

We know there will always be more we can do and improve on, but with the support of BDF and through learning from like-minded organisations, we are confident that our aspirations of becoming a barrier-free recruitment business will be achieved.”

The team is hosting an event 'Driving the recruitment process' which can be viewed here: 

https://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/networking-and-events/our-latest-events/leading-the-way-together/