From accountants, to banks, the Police and housing associations, many employers choose to create a partnership with ecdp by hosting participants from our ecdp Works programme.
That’s great for us, because it means we can choose where is best for our participants from a wide range of opportunities.
In this blog post, we’re going to look at why employers think it’s great to work with us.
Tim O’Connor, Partner at Scrutton Bland, first heard of ecdp through a Disability Confident event, and was not only inspired by the efforts of ecdp but realised a ‘disability is not really the barrier’. Instead, a lack of confidence can be a barrier to anyone, disabled or not. The key to schemes such as ecdp Works is the confidence it gives those involved. This is brilliant for our participants, of course, but as Tim says, ‘partnership with ecdp makes sense’ because getting people in to employment is great for businesses too.
One of our hosts this year is Essex Police, who are really enthusiastic about working with ecdp. Ian Drysdale, HR Director, told us that ‘we are keen to learn as an organisation’, and they want to ‘look to ecdp for guidance, support and advice’. This shows the great connection ecdp can have with even the biggest of organisations. This partnership allows us to send ecdp Works participants to them. By continuing to build together we can improve the way organisations see disability, and that will enable disabled people to have more choice and control about where they seek employment.
Barclays Corporate Banking Essex is another employer that work with closely ecdp. Since January 2014 we have been their Charity of the Year. This means that they have been raising funds for us, which helps us provide programmes such as ecdp Works. This really shows how big businesses can collaborate with us in many different ways to help disabled people improve their lived experience.
Mitie, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, have been crucial in supporting ecdp Works. Their Chief Executive Ruby McGregor Smith CBE talked to us about why Mitie wanted to get involved with us. She told us that ‘if we are serious about supporting disabled people, we need to focus on removing the barriers that prevent them from reaching their full potential’. It’s really important too for ecdp to understand the lived experience of our members, and Ruby agrees with us that ideas like ecdp Works can really improve ‘the quality of people’s lives’.
ecdp are really proud to be in partnership with these organisations, and the many others we continue to work with. Without their help, the programmes we run such as ecdp
Works just would not be possible.