Our Firm (a leading global financial services firm) has worked with Tab Ahmad and Sarah Denness for the last 3 years to execute our diversity recruitment strategy for students with disability.
We first worked with them in 2006 to develop an Interbank event for students with disabilities to raise awareness of the industry and challenge misconceptions and preconceptions that many students, especially those with disabilities, have.
Following the success of this event it was evident to the Firm that we were missing out on a significant pool of talent currently opting out of our recruiting process. We subsequently piloted an integrated internship for students with disabilities, with Tab and Sarah supporting us at every stage from marketing of the scheme to application screening and selection processes, on-boarding, reasonable adjustment implementation and supporting candidates throughout the Summer.
Eight candidates with disabilities joined established internship programmes across the firm in London as part of this inaugural programme.
The success of the scheme lead to the creation of the EmployAbility Internship Programme in 2007, extended to include our First Year Programmes.
Between 2006 – 2008, 20 interns joined the Firm through the efforts of Tab and Sarah, with seven now working here full time. Five more EmployAbility Programme interns will be joining us in Summer 2009.