Inclusive Workplace Award

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Inclusive Workplace award logo. A pink and purple curved line around the words Inclusive Workplace.

Welcome to the Inclusive Workplace Award…

Recognition for organisations who are forward thinking about equality and diversity.

Here you can take the next steps in supported employment and demonstrate your commitment to recruiting and supporting disabled employees and those with long-term health conditions and additional support needs.

Our members work with thousands of employers across Scotland, providing bespoke support that is tailored to the needs of each employer – taking the time to learn about the business, finding the right candidate for each vacancy and providing support for the employer for as long as they need it.

SUSE has developed the Inclusive Workplace Award to help employers create workplaces where disabled people can succeed and progress.

  • It facilitates introductions and productive relationships between employers and supported employment services.
  • Employers will have increased skills and knowledge, and feel more confident about employing and supporting disabled people.
  • Supported employment services will have an increased ability to progress economically inactive disabled people into sustainable careers.
  • It helps to create supportive workplaces where everyone can contribute their talents and skills.
  • It recognises and celebrates employers who engage with supported employment services.
  • A free and comprehensive recruitment service, matching the right jobseeker to the job.
  • Access to continuous support from an experienced Supported Employment service.
  • Customers appreciate and recognise the willingness of businesses in their area to reflect the community they serve.
  • Promotion of the organisation as an equal opportunities employer with a commitment to diversity Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • Work colleagues welcome and encourage people recruited through the Supported Employment process and good working relationships are developed.

The University of Edinburgh
The University have recently renewed their Inclusive Workplace Award. The Disability Information Team told us about their experience of working through the award criteria…

“The process of applying for the award has been invaluable in helping us to take the time to do a deep evaluation of our policies and procedures around disabled staff recruitment and retention. This process of taking a step back to review, helped us identify areas of good practice and where we could improve things as well as giving us a method of tracking progress towards those improvement aims.” Viki Galt, Disability Information Officer.

What does achieving the award mean to the University…

Gavin McLachlan, Vice Principal, Chief Information Officer and Librarian to the University told us

“As a charity our mission at the University is not only to educate and conduct world leading research, but also to do good in the community. We are excited about what the SUSE award has done for us and about the new and evolving opportunities for us to improve further, including the opportunities that flexible and hybrid working can bring and what this means for our staff and more inclusive working. What this award represents is extremely important to us and we plan to continue to work with SUSE in the future and would encourage other organisations to take part in the Inclusive Workplace Award scheme.”

The University of Edinburgh's Vice Principal accepting their IWA . Standing in a quiet street in front of Edinburgh Castle.

Read more from our other Inclusive Workplace Award recipients:

Falkirk Council
Falkirk Council’s Employability and Training Unit completed the award in 2020. Click here to read about why they chose to participate and what they have done since achieving Inclusive Workplace status.

People Know How

“At People Know How we’re committed to supporting our staff members and VIPs (volunteers, interns and placement students). We’re extremely proud to have received the Inclusive Workplace Award, having worked towards achieving this recognition with ENABLE Scotland and the awarding body, the Scottish Union of Supported Employment. It’s an honour to have achieved the Inclusive Workplace Award and to be recognised for our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity. We’re proud of the support we provide to all those who join the People Know How community and can’t wait to continue this work.” Amy Clelland, VIP Manager.


If you would like to get involved or discuss any of the details further, please contact us at

For further information, download: Inclusive Workplace Award Factsheet 2023 and Inclusive Workplace Award Criteria 2023


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