Working with BBC Studios

Learning Disability Work Week 2020 is a chance to demonstrate how employers #ThinkDifferently to bring people with a learning disability into their workforce and to show the benefits of this. 

Unity Works has a long history of working with employers to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces and to promote the business case for employing people with a learning disability. This ensures that people with a learning disability face fewer barriers to securing new jobs, and developing their careers.

Amongst the many employers we’ve worked with over the past year,  Carrie Britton (Talent Executive – Scripted, Drama and Comedy at BBC Studios) has stood out for her amazing commitment to diverse talent both pre and post lockdown.

We first met Carrie in 2019 after she attended an event with one of our other employers in her sector who had employed one of our candidates and were celebrating his achievements. Following the event, Carrie reached out to us, keen to see what she could do to help to open up similar opportunities to other candidates, and we arranged some informal meetings. She met 6 of our candidates and offered them interview skills feedback and advice, mentoring and networking opportunities, including sharing online profiles, CVs and complimentary tickets to career events.

Throughout lockdown, Carrie has continued attending online disAbility Awareness Training. These sessions are co-produced with our employment ambassadors, apprentices and candidates) and look at topics such as reasonable adjustments, training and career progression for disabled employees and the history and context of learning disability and autism.

“The Unity Works disability sessions are an indispensable tool for employers and all those looking to support neurodiverse talent.”

How you can get involved:

If you’re an employer Unity Works can help you develop inclusive recruitment and employment policies and procedures, establish Disability Champions within your organisation, and become an accredited Disability Confident employer. We also run quarterly disability awareness training for employers.

Contact Suzanne Thomson at Suzanne.Thomson@unityworks.org.uk