It is totally free. SUSE will review your assessment, help you to identify the evidence you need and provide free training for your managers. You only need to provide the training room and refreshments. Supported employment services are also free, from initial contact, to advice and on-going employee support.
Yes, the award is open to organisations of all sizes and in any sector. Both public and private sector employers have achieved the IWA.
Yes, you do not need to have a current vacancy to go through the 3 step process. We can still help you assess your practice and policies and provide training for your management team to develop their skills to support future employees, current employees with disabilities or employees who might develop a disability or long term condition while they work for you.
The supported employment agency you will be paired with can help you identify opportunities and promote them as well as help you with your future recruitment needs.
Yes, the Suppported Employment agency you will be paired with can give you advice on how best to support existing employees with disabilities and can help you to develop the knowledge and policies you need to support people who might become disabled while employed in your organisation.
No, the IWA focuses on the Supported Employment model (and how to recruit and retain people with disabilities and long term conditions). Our award gives you the skills and knowledge you need to create a workplace that is truly diverse and inclusive.
We have designed the IWA process in a streamlined way as we understand organisations’ resources and time are often limited. You can complete the assessment in your own time, the training takes place over 4 hours and you can arrange to meet a Supported Employment agency at a time that is convenient for you. Once you start the process, the agency will save you time and money recruiting as they have access to a pool of talented people and can support you at every stage of the process.
The IWA is very much about culture change in an organisation and is designed to help employers create move diverse workplaces. With unemployment at record lows disabled people are an untapped pool of talent in our communities. Employers have told us that recruiting someone through a supported employment programme has improved the culture in their organisation and contributed to the development of a learning and mentoring environment.
The SUSE Good Practice Guide gives you detailed information on employing people with disabilities and long term conditions.
Very often reasonable adjustments do not cost anything and can be about making small changes that have a big impact. For more expensive alterations, there is support available such as Access to Work. The Supported Employment provider can give you expert advice and help with this.