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International managed services and recruitment process outsourcing company, Guidant Group, has been awarded Clear Assured status, an accreditation that recognises organisations following best-practice in disability inclusion.

The company, which is part of Impellam, became Clear Assured after demonstrating its commitment to removing barriers from recruitment policies, processes and practices which have the potential to exclude disabled people.

The Clear Assured process is an on-line self-assessment programme which is underpinned by the guidance and expert advice provided through www.clearkit.co.uk. The self-assessment conducted by the organisation is then tested against the feedback provided by disabled people going through the organisation's recruitment programmes. Consultants from The Clear Company, the UK's most respected auditors of inclusive recruitment practice, carry out spot checks with participating organisations to ensure knowledge exists across all recruitment stakeholders.

Commenting on the accreditation, Melanie Forbes, CEO of Guidant Group, said:

“There are currently 7 million disabled people in the UK, but shockingly only 46 per cent of them are employed. We believe that employers are missing out on this diverse talent pool and with research telling us that one in three disabled jobseekers have faced discrimination in the workplace, it is clear that the inclusion of more disabled people is not a diversity initiative – it is business critical.”

“I’m incredibly proud that our Clear Assured journey has resulted in Guidant Group achieving Clear Assured status. The training and development our people have undergone has served to not only improve our team’s knowledge and confidence regarding disability, but also to facilitate a cultural shift in our organisation, bringing disability inclusion to the forefront of our collective mind-set.

“Guidant Group is committed to promoting diversity and flexibility in the workplace and as a leading MSP and RPO provider we are privileged to partner with some of the UK’s leading organisations in the private and public sectors. Providing our clients with a diverse talent pool and supporting their diversity initiatives is always a top priority for us. I have no doubt that Guidant Group – and the businesses we work with – will benefit greatly from the insight we have gained and the improvements we have made surrounding disability inclusion.”

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Notes to Editors:

Guidant Group is an international managed services and recruitment process outsourcing company, delivering highly tailored solutions to customers spanning many industry sectors and locations.

Its priority is to simplify complex recruitment processes, saving clients time and money and enabling them to focus on running their businesses.

Guidant Group was established in 2001 is also proud to be part of Impellam - the UK’s second largest staffing business.

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