Greene King reveals new inclusion group

By Rebecca Weller

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Group plans: through a series of guides and training materials, Ability aims to raise awareness of different disabilities, both visible and non-visible, and the different challenges they present to employees
Group plans: through a series of guides and training materials, Ability aims to raise awareness of different disabilities, both visible and non-visible, and the different challenges they present to employees

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Large operator Greene King this week (Monday 4 April) launched a new inclusion group to support its team members with disabilities, Ability, to mark the start of Autism Awareness Month.

Ability is an employee-led inclusion group designed to support disabled team members already in the business, as well as encouraging more disabled workers to join the operators 40,000 strong team.

Ability managing director of brewing and brands and executive sponsor Matt Starbuck said: “I’m honoured to be sponsoring Ability, our employee-led inclusion group.

"Fostering inclusion for all our team members through greater understanding of both visible and non-visible disabilities is something I’m really passionate about."

Advice given

Through a series of guides and training materials, Ability aims to raise awareness of different disabilities, both visible and non-visible, and the different challenges they present to employees.

Greene King is also offering additional guidance to help hiring managers provide reasonable adjustments to the interview stage where possible, making the process more accessible.

The operator has also received a Level 1 Disability Confident Committed certificate from Disability Confident – a Government scheme that provides employers with the confidence they need to attract, recruit, retain and develop disabled people, and aims to progress throughout the year through levels two and three of the scheme.

Programme details

This comes as Greene King’s Supported Internships programme, which provides 16 to 24-year old’s who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) an opportunity to develop life skills and experience the world of work. 

Working in partnership with Landmarks Specialist College, the operators ambition is to offer participants a job at the end of the nine-month work experience.

Starbuck added: “Ability will champion awareness and help us in extending our welcome to colleagues and customers with additional needs and give us something we can all be really proud of.”

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