Focus SB achieves Disability Confident employer Level 2
Equal opportunity is at the heart of our core values, and the longevity of service by many of our employees is testament to this. Our success at reaching Level 2 certification of the Disability Confident scheme reflects our ongoing commitment in our mission to grow and develop a fully inclusive workforce, as we continue to expand our St Leonards-on-Sea based manufacturing operation.
Managing Director, Gary Stevens comments: “I’m delighted our HR Manager Jo Cloute has successfully completed the Disability Confident self-assessment achieving Disability Confident Employer Level 2 certification for Focus SB.
“I have been in manufacturing for almost 40 years and started life as a technical apprentice. I have seen immense change in the manufacturing world since then and no more than in the last five to 10 years and change is happening more rapidly now than ever. The future of any industry is the people and skills that underpin it and that is no more a true fact than in manufacturing and whilst there is still a requirement for the old traditional crafts skills in manufacturing, there is a growing demand for people with IT skills, skills in robotics and AI, design and creative, sales and marketing, HR, accountancy and administrative skills.
“I am keen to encourage applicants from all corners of the community with all levels of ability and mobility to contribute to our growth and development as well as theirs which is why we signed up to the Disability Confident scheme in 2017.”
As a company we are an environmentally responsible member of the local community and a regular supporter of local charities such as Little Gate Farm who awarded us ‘Most Dynamic Employer’ in its 2019 awards! We actively encourage learning, creativity and employee loyalty in the workplace, nurturing a supportive environment and family spirit amongst our employees.
Our mental health first aid qualified Human Resources (HR) and Customer Service Manager, Jo Cloute says: “If perhaps you didn’t do so well at school or you just want to change your career path, factory work can be fun and offer roles you didn’t know existed! It can offer the opportunity for you to achieve things you hadn’t thought possible.
“At Focus SB we pride ourselves on nurturing and investing in our people, whether they choose to apply via an apprenticeship, have a specific job role in mind or have ambition to progress through the company - there’s something for everyone. A factory environment offers rewarding work, the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people - and at Focus SB everyone gets a day off on their birthday!”