A TOWN college has been accredited as a Disability Confident Employer as it continues its commitment to greater diversity.

Eastleigh College announced that it had received the accreditation on October 15.

It said that this shows it is already benefitting from being able to draw from the widest possible pool of talent, and is securing, retaining and developing disabled staff.

The scheme encourages employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

Accreditation lasts for three years and can lead to progression to the next level, ‘Disability Confident Leader’, acting as a champion for Disability Confident within the local and business communities.

Paul Cox, Chief Executive and Principal said: “We are proud to be making even more progress on our disability inclusion journey. Being a Disability Confident Employer makes good business sense because we want to attract the best talent to work with us and this means offering great opportunities for people with disabilities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations."