Demonstrating its commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion, Manchester headquartered insurance industry law firm, Horwich Farrelly, has signed up to the government-run Disability Confident scheme. Achieving certification on the first tier of the scheme illustrates the firm’s focus to make its recruitment processes inclusive and accessible to disabled people.
There are 7.6 million people of working age who have a disability and the government’s Disability Confident employer scheme aims to encourage employers to challenge attitudes towards disability and remove barriers to employment. Horwich Farrelly has already achieved level 1 ‘employer’ status. The law firm aims to reach level 3 and become a Disability Confident Leader, as part of its focus on encouraging people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences to build a career in the legal profession.
Horwich Farrelly’s Director of people, Liz Partington, comments: “We are delighted to be a Disability Confident employer, which involves increasing our understanding of disabilities and making sure we provide reasonable adjustments to our recruitment process to ensure our firm is a welcoming and inclusive space.
“This is only the first step on our journey to becoming a Disability Confident Leader, but this certification already highlights our ongoing dedication to both equality and inclusion in the workplace. And the commitment to the government scheme builds on the work we have done to attract a broad range of talent through a wide range of initiatives, including our partnership with Pure Innovations to offer industry placements, apprenticeships and work experience opportunities to people from varied backgrounds.”
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