A Swindon-based specialist security company has been recognised for its work recruiting and retraining people with disabilities.

SSGC is now certified as a disability-confident employer by the Department for Work and Pensions, which highlighted its commitment to helping disabled people become an integral part of its business.

The DWP’s disability confident scheme aims to help employers successfully recruit and retrain disabled people and those with health conditions.

As part of its certification, SSGC has pledged to ensure its recruitment processes are inclusive and accessible.

The business will actively promote vacancies and offer interviews to disabled people.

The business has committed to implementing procedures which will provide adjustments for its entire workforce, whether they are new starters or existing staff members who have become disabled or developed a long-term health condition.

CEO David Stubbs said: “As a business we have always been committed to workplace diversity.

"We have always gone above and beyond to provide equal opportunities to all potential candidates.

“Our dedication to social value has been rubber-stamped by awards for several initiatives, including our commitment to the veteran community and helping those battling complex post-traumatic stress disorder secure long-term employment post-deployment.

“We are delighted to join businesses around the country in leading the way in changing attitudes for the better.

"We look forward to attracting the widest pool of talent possible now we have received this certification.”

SSGC has signed the Armed Forces Covenant as a commitment to the armed forces community and employs a number of veterans as part of its highly-skilled team.

In 2020, SSGC was deployed to monitor and marshal the government’s Covid-19 testing sites on behalf of Serco and the Department for Health and Social Care.

The business recruited more than 500 struggling veterans, providing them with long-term employment at 156 testing centres and 109 mobile testing units around the UK.