Disability at Shell
We are committed to creating an environment that enables all employees to achieve their best, regardless of circumstance. This belief underpins how we work with employees with disabilities, ensuring they’re given a platform from which to reach their full potential and become the boundary-pushing innovators of the future.
At Shell we create a space in which people with disabilities can thrive. From making the recruitment process open and transparent for everyone, right through to ensuring the workplace is a safe and empowering environment.
If you have a disability or long-term health condition, we can offer support to enable you to perform at your best during the recruitment process.
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Support in Numbers – employee networks
To support our employees with disabilities, we have a number of supportive internal networks in place, most notably the enABLE Network. First launched in 2005 in the UK, there are now six enABLE Networks across the globe, including the UK, the Netherlands, France, the USA, Canada and Brazil.
The enABLE Network provides people with disabilities and people whose lives have been touched by those with disabilities an open forum to engage and share experiences. Through this open discussion, the network raises awareness and understanding of the challenges faced so that line managers and colleagues have the knowledge to be able to thrive in the workplace. It allows employees with disabilities the opportunity to improve the work environment and processes to make it more inclusive for all.
Creating a space for this dialogue is crucial to facilitating the kind of open collaboration that is required for employees with disabilities to thrive. See more here
Lasting typically twelve weeks but sometimes as long as twelve months, our internships involve you in live projects specifically matched to your interests and abilities. This is not just work experience – this is working for Shell, in real teams, alongside true professionals. You receive regular and structured performance evaluation from your mentor and direct supervisor, and find out what the energy industry is really like, from the inside.
Intake: Around 20
Length: 10-12 weeks
Spring Insight Week
Shell’s Spring Week is an opportunity for you to learn about and understand the Energy Industry, as well as explore the careers that you could undertake at Shell. You will develop your existing abilities and discover new skills through case studies, management games and networking opportunities.
Length: 1 week
We’ve designed the Shell Graduate Programme to give remarkable students and graduates like you a real role in our business, whether you join our Technical, Commercial Business or Corporate Functions area. We’ll provide you with the outstanding experience and training you’ll need to become a future leader of our business. The length is around 3- 5 years, depending on the business area you choose.
Intake: Appromixately 300
Length: Around 3 years
Tips for applying
- Should you share relevant information about your disability and/or long-term health condition when applying to an organisation? At Shell, we recommend that you do share relevant information about your disability and/or a long-term health condition to ensure that you are provided with any necessary adjustments/ accommodations. These are provided to enable you to perform to the best of your ability during the recruitment process and, if you are successful, so that Shell can support you to get the most out of your role.
- What is the benefit of sharing this sensitive information with Shell? Sharing this information benefits you as it enables Shell to work with you during the recruitment process to understand what adjustments/accommodations may be needed to allow you to perform to your fullest potential and to get the most out of your role. If you confirm that you may require support during, or adjustments/accommodations to be made to the recruitment process, you will receive support from a member of the relevant regional recruitment team. They can provide information about assessments, discuss with you what adjustments/accommodations might be appropriate and address any concerns or fears that you may have.
- Why does Shell want people with diverse experiences, backgrounds and abilities to work for them? Shell cannot be the best version of itself without embracing the talent that individuals from various experiences, backgrounds and diverse abilities can bring to the table. Encouraging different perspectives, ways of thinking, approaches to tackling problems and developing solutions is paramount in Shell. By harnessing the differences between people, we can develop our understanding of our customer base as well as generate innovative and adaptive thinking, helping to drive the organisation towards the objective of being the most competitive and innovative energy company.
Hear what people at Shell have to say about their experiences
- "I think everyone is different, whether you have a disability or not. It doesn’t matter what that difference is. And we should celebrate our differences." Bob Nolan, Subsurface and Wells Support Lead – Europe
- "One thing that’s unique about disability and Diversity & Inclusion is that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. What works for one person doesn’t always work for another." Andy Kneen, HR Manager Trading and Supply
- "Many disabilities, such as Asperger’s Syndrome, are abilities in disguise, and we just have to make them work for us." Diederik Weve, Senior HSSE Consultant
Adjustments can be made to the recruitment process following discussions with your Disability Focal Point. These adjustments will be designed to enable you to perform at your best and will be tailored to your specific needs. All candidates progress is based on merit only.
Should you be successful, Shell will continue to support you as you transition into the work place. Support can come from your Line Manager and/or Human Resources (HR). On your own, or with your Line Manager and/or HR, you can also speak to our Occupational Health organisation and the Shell enABLE Network. We’ll only share your information with relevant internal parties with your permission.
In addition, Shell is putting in place a global Workplace Accessibility service, which is intended to provide support for all employees who are experiencing difficulty or discomfort with their immediate workspace or facilities. This service features an online catalogue of accessibility items relating to IT hardware and software, and Real Estate furniture and equipment; you can directly request many of these items using the online catalogue, or seek further assistance from a dedicated internal team of Accessibility Advisors who can help you navigate your way around the system to get what you need. The service can help you access the most commonly requested items or connect you with functional experts who can work with you on more individualized requests.
Bob Nolan, Manager "I think everyone is different, whether you have a disability or not. It doesn’t matter what that difference is. And we should celebrate our differences." Read more
Stuart Young, Recruiter “Sometimes the hardest disabilities to live with are the ones you can’t see.” Stuart, a Recruiter, tells his story of overcoming a sometimes stigmatised condition. Read more
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