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The Inclusive Workplace Award is delivered in partnership with a local supported employment service. In most cases the award can be achieved in a few months. Click on the tabs below to find out how you can achieve the IWA.

The Inclusive Workplace Award is delivered in partnership with a local supported employment service. The supported employment service works with the employer throughout the process, providing advice and guidance – both parties are free to negotiate the nature of their relationship.

The employer and provider are guided throughout the process by SUSE.

The employer is supported to assess their current practices – if necessary we can advise on possible improvements and changes.

The IWA has 4 criteria:

  • A positive and supportive environment
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Flexible procedures and policies
  • Provision of supported employment opportunities.

You can download our example criteria document –  IWA-criteria.pdf

We ask you to provide evidence on your current practice and we help you to identify what you are doing well and areas where you can improve. We provide comprehensive feedback on the assessment and work with you to meet all of the criteria.

We ask employers to nominate managers and supervisors within the organisation to participate in our free Inclusive Workplace Award training.

Those nominated should have direct responsibility for management and/or recruitment.

The session challenges assumptions and attitudes about recruiting people with disabilities and allows participants to discuss the gaps in their knowledge and experience. We share examples of best practice and help your team to understand what the law says about equality, diversity and discrimination – addressing their anxieties and mistaken beliefs.

The employer receives a plaque and electronic Inclusive Workplace Award Badge when they have successful completed the assessment and the training for managers. SUSE supports your marketing and communications to celebrate your achievement of the IWA.

The IWA is awarded for 2 years before being re-assessed.

The partner supported employment service will maintain contact with the employer and work with you to create opportunities for people with disabilities and long term conditions.

One year after the award the service will support the employer with a health check.

They will give constructive feedback to the employer to help them to maintain the standards required to retain the award.