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Applying for a job with WMCA as a disabled person

Making your application as easy and comfortable as possible

We are dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace that reflects the communities of the West Midlands region.

WMCA holds diversity accreditations, such as the RACE Code Quality Mark, Armed Forces Covenant (Gold status) and has been recognised as one of the Inclusive Top 50 Employers and The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

We’re a Disability Confident Employer with ‘Leader’ status, committed to interviewing all applicants with disabilities who meet the essential role criteria. This means that if you have told us that you have a disability, and your application meets all the essential criteria we have asked for in the job description, you are guaranteed an interview.

WMCA believes that building a team with varied backgrounds and experiences will benefit us as an employer and enhance our work.

We want to remove any possible barriers and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments.

Our aim is to make your application as easy and comfortable as possible.

We will consider and apply reasonable adjustments to remove or reduce a disadvantage or barrier related to your disclosed disability at all stages of the recruitment and selection process.

Reasonable adjustments will be made for your specific disability or impairment where practicable. In the recruitment and selection process, examples of reasonable adjustments could be:

  • Allow an extension to the job application deadline due to an applicant's declared temporary or permanent health condition.
  • Providing interview questions in advance.
  • As requested by a wheelchair user who has been invited to interview, ensure that they have a reserved accessible parking space and that the interview takes place on the ground floor with an accessible toilet.
  • At the request of a diabetic employee, allow fixed and regular break times and/or longer break times to check their blood sugar levels.

We understand that an individual’s disability status can change over time and therefore, the nature of the reasonable adjustment for an employee may change accordingly.

In making the adjustment, we will carefully consider if the adjustment will remove or reduce the disadvantage or barrier, is practical to make, is affordable, and whether making the adjustment could harm the health and safety of others.

If you have an accessibility requirement, disability, or condition that means you might need changes to the recruitment process, please let us know.

Email is best. We can always follow up with a call, if required.

Telling us that you have a disability

At WMCA we take diversity and inclusion, and the wellbeing of people, seriously. When you apply for a role with WMCA, we’ll ask whether you want to declare a disability. We ask this so that we can meet our commitment to offering you an interview if you meet all the essential criteria for the role.

We also ask you to complete a diversity questionnaire - we ask everyone who applies for a role with WMCA to complete this questionnaire. This is the very last stage of the application process. Here, you will tell us things like your sex, ethnicity, age, etc. When you disclose your diversity data, you entrust us to monitor, analyse and report on whether the range of applicants for our vacancies reflects that of the West Midlands region. If the evidence shows that we are not attracting a reflection of the West Midlands population, we will take further steps to address this in future recruitment campaigns. Our aim is to recruit the best person for the job from a diverse pool of candidates.

The recruiting team does not see the information you provide in this questionnaire. This is purely for reporting purposes.