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In the Recruitment section there is a wealth of information about completing applications forms, online tests, and the various stages in the recruitment. Whilst the Disability section provides advice on how to manage your disability during the recruitment process including information on how to inform an employer of what you require and referring to your disability during an interview.
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This section profiles many individuals, working across different industries, at various stages of their careers. Their interviews demonstrate that is possible to have a successful career regardless of whether or not you have a disability. They also illustrate the adjustments that can be made in the workplace.
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I joined Santander over 26 years ago, and since then I’ve enjoyed a successful career in a number of different roles, including corporate insurance and business continuity. I’m a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Insurance and currently working as an Operational Risk Manager.
I have a progressive condition known as Usher’s Syndrome. This has impaired my hearing since birth and has led to the progressive loss of my sight due to a condition known as retinitis pigmentosa (RP). It was first diagnosed in my late twenties when I discovered I was unable to see well in poor light. This is the first sign of RP and eventually leads to restricted tunnel vision.
Santander has been very supportive of my needs and I’m an active member of the bank’s Disability Support Forum. The Health, Safety and Wellbeing team work closely with the government’s Access to Work Scheme make sure I get the help and support I need. This has included the provision of digital hearing aids and, when my driving licence was withdrawn two years ago, financial help with the cost of taxis to work. Last year I achieved my personal goal of completing the London Marathon in less than five hours; raising funds for Sense, my chosen deaf/blind charity. Thanks to Santander’s matched donation scheme I raised over £3,000.
I also take part in our annual volunteering scheme for the local community. We’ve helped redecorate a local school and hospice and restored a disused section of a local canal.
As someone with a disability, I’ve benefited from the support Santander has provided. As a member of the Disability Support Forum I want to make sure we continually improve what we do for our disabled people, making a positive difference and helping them to progress in their role.
Manager Operational Risk, Risk Division, Milton Keynes
Year Joined / Path : Joined Santander in 1986 as an “A” level trainee
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