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Ability Programme Employer Panel: DWP, Kaleidoscope Group, Enterprise, PwC and more.

Venue: Online

The Pros and cons of sharing your disability with an employer is something that is on the mind of many students with a disability or neurodiverse condition going through the recruitment process. It is also an exteremely personal choice.

This is an Ability Programme event- Join the Ability Programme here for more bespoke workshops, events and the opportunity to express interest in funded work placement opportunities later in the year.

We have put together a panel of disability confident employers who will speak to you about their organisations, and speakers who will share some of their personal experiences of approaching the recruitment process with a disability, neurodiverse or long-term health condition.

This is an opportunity for you to ask questions you want insight into and to engage with disability confident employers.

Additional employers and speakers being confirmed!


The Kaleidoscope Group of Companies  Speaker: Hardeep Rai is the Founder and Managing Director of the Kaleidoscope Group of Companies which include:

Kaleidoscope Investments (Ki), a company that exclusively invests in disabled people with great business ideas.
Kaleidoscope Recruitment (Kr) helping disabled people define their career path and then find their perfect jobs.
Kaleidoscope Advisory (Ka) To help ensure that employers who were hiring disabled people had the right inclusive infrastructure to support them.
Kaleidoscope Foundation (Kf) An independent UK based charity (registration number 1187266). It can allocate grants of up to £10,000 to disabled people whose applications are successful to help them set up not for profit entities or small businesses.

Hardeep spent 23 years in the Investment Management industry including 13 years in the well-known Hedge Fund, Gartmore Investment Management. He spent the last 10 years as an entrepreneur, investor and business growth specialist.


DWP National Employer and Partnership Team (NEPT) Speaker Andy Powlson: Senior National Account Manager

Andy worked for the DWP for 37 years. A varied career taking him all over the country and a secondment that took him to New York to work on a special project. Have undertaken a multitude of roles in operational delivery including Disability Services, he developed local strategies to support recruitment and retention of disabled employees.
Andy is currently working with National Employer and Partnership Team (NEPT) where he engages with National employers and looks to help them diversify their workforce and partner with DWP on their initiatives. He is at his best when creating recruitment solutions and account managing projects, ensuring they are delivered on time and meeting employer expectations.
Andy enjoys working in roles where he can make a difference and bring out the potential in others and see them move on and thrive. He completed his Level 5 apprenticeship in Leadership and Management last year. Enterprise


Enterprise Speaker Monica Fowler- Talent Acquisition

Monica a is responsible for attracting the best and brightest people in the market to join Enterprise's award- winning Graduate Management Training Programme.
Enterprise started life as a small business. Now it’s one of the largest “small” businesses in the world, with 10,000+ branches globally, an annual turnover of more than $22.3 billion and the biggest rental car fleet on the planet.
When people join us their award-winning Graduate Management Training Programme, they empower them to start contributing right from the word go. They give everyone the freedom to explore their potential, and the opportunities they need to rise to new challenges and take their skills to the next level.



Speaker to be confirmed

With offices in 156 countries and more than 295,000 people, PwC is among the leading professional services networks in the world.



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Current students: If you are an enrolled student for 2021-22, join with your email.

Not currently enrolled students: if you are an alumni or are still completing the 2020-21 academic year and not currently enrolled for 2021-22 academic year, register for Handshake via  and please follow these steps: 

Select Birkbeck, University of London as your institution and then select the “sign in with your email address” option to create your account with your personal email address.

Please note that you will need to have set up Multi-Factor Authentication.  If you haven’t done that yet, please refer to the ITS webpage on Usernames and Passwords   

This will be on Microsft Teams so there will be live captions. If you require any adjustments for the sessions, please email at least 2 working days in advance.

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