Dorset Fire and Rescue Service (DFRS) have been accredited with the ‘two ticks’ disability symbol. The ‘two ticks’ disability symbol is made up of two ticks, and the words 'positive about disabled people'. The symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers in England, Scotland and Wales who have made commitments to employ, keep and develop the abilities of disabled staff. As an employer using this symbol, it means we are positive about employing disabled people and are keen to know about their abilities.
Employers who use the ‘two ticks’ disability symbol make five commitments regarding recruitment, training, retention, consultation and disability awareness.
These commitments are to:
- interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and to consider them on their abilities
- discuss with disabled employees, at any time but at least once a year, what both parties can do to make sure disabled employees can develop and use their abilities
- make every effort when employees become disabled to make sure they stay in employment
- take action to ensure that all employees develop the appropriate level of disability awareness needed to make these commitments work
- review these commitments each year and assess what has been achieved, plan ways to improve on them and let employees and JobCentre Plus know about progress and future plans.
How does the ‘two ticks’ disability symbol impact on the recruitment process?
The job advertisement will give you brief details of the job and display the ‘two ticks’ disability symbol.
The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 requires employers to make 'reasonable adjustments' to premises or working practices to ensure that employees are not disadvantaged because of their disability. The job description allows us to ensure that if a person with disabilities applies for a position, we are aware of the 'reasonable adjustments' to premises or working practices that are possible. The job description is updated regularly to accurately reflect the nature of the job.
The Person Specification clearly states the essential qualifications, knowledge, skills, experience and other personal attributes required to undertake the job. This information is used throughout the recruitment and selection process - from the initial advertising stage through to the final selection. We use the Person Specification in conjunction with your submitted application form to assess whether you meet all of the essential criteria.
The Application Form
The application form contains a section where you have the option to advise us whether or not you have a disability. For us to apply the provisions of the ‘two ticks’ disability scheme, you need to ensure that you have made us aware of your disability by ticking the box provided.
Within the application form you will find a section titled 'Supporting Statement'. You must complete this, identifying how you meet the essential criteria and your ability to undertake the responsibilities of the role. The panel with responsibility for short listing will be looking for relevant objective evidence, so it is important to give examples based on previous experience.
Preparation for Interview
If you are shortlisted for an interview you will receive a letter from us advising you of this. In this letter you will be asked whether you require any particular arrangements to assist you to attend and/or during your attendance of the interview. If you do require any particular arrangements you should contact the Employee Resourcing Team as soon as possible, prior to your interview. Details of how to contact us will be provided in your letter.
During the interview you will be assessed against the criteria on the Person Specification. If you should wish to volunteer information at the interview and/or discuss any requirements that you may have if you are appointed, you will be able to do so.
If you are deemed the most appropriate person for the job based on the criteria outlined within the Person Specification, we will then contact you to discuss your requirements and any necessary 'reasonable adjustments'.