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Scheme for the differently abled

As an organisation, we firmly believe in equal opportunity and diversity for people of all age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, religious and political belief, ethnicity, caste, and language. The two-week work scheme is aimed for differently-abled people who are prepared to work on a time bound project and activities at British Council, and to develop skill sets required for employability.  

 Want to partner with us?

 If you are differently abled, are allies of differently-abled people, a corporate with the disability agenda, an NGO, or a media group, please find a list of possible ways in which you can support our initiatives. 

  • Identify differently abled people with basic communication skills and working knowledge of computers. 
  • Sensitise shortlisted candidates on requirements of working with organisations.  
  • Conduct sensitisation sessions for staff (face to face)
  • Sponsor people working with us under the scheme
  • Provide mentoring or coaching facilities to differently abled people before or after they work with the British Council. 
  • Help us with inclusive technology / tools to create equal opportunity
  • Help creating awareness on disability in media
  • Offer similar work experience, or employment to the differently abled. 

You can reach us at EO&D.Activities@britishcouncil.org with your thoughts and ideas to support this initiative. 

An indicative list of projects/activities

Identified activities/projects Basic skills/competencies Teams
Placement testing Adequate knowledge of English Teaching Centre
Telephone enquiries Telephone skills Customer Service
Database management and data entry:  Partnerships and Contact database Basic computer knowledge Internationalising Higher Education, English Partnerships
Preparation of guest list for specific events and managing RSVP Basic computer knowledge, telephone skills Internationalising Higher Education, English Partnerships
Desk research involving web search, telephoning educational contacts Basic computer knowledge Internationalising Higher Education
Scorecard collation Basic computer knowledge English Partnerships
Review of Induction programme  Basic computer knowledge, computer  knowledge HR, Resources
Review of website and recommendations to make it inclusive   Good computer knowledge, exposure to websites Digital
Review of sharepoint content and format with respect to the overall objective Good computer knowledge, exposure to websites Digital

Four objectives of this scheme, include:

  • providing good work exposure to people, through work on meaningful project / activities, interact with colleagues and develop useful skills in the process. 
  • creating awareness among staff on special needs of differently abled people and help create an inclusive environment in our office
  • gain maturity and confidence in promoting equal opportunities for the differently abled.
  • reviewing and refreshing our own systems, business continuity plans, fire and safety systems and processes, make these inclusive and fit for purpose.

Training opportunities  

Seats will be kept in some of the below mentioned programmes for people working with us in this scheme:

  • Speaking Skills – public speaking, group discussion , conversation strategies
  • Speaking for Business – telephoning, meetings and negotiations
  • Writing for Business – emails, letters and reports
  • Presentation Skills – organisation and delivery (Sundays)
  • IELTS – exam skills
  • Young Learners teaching (Saturday afternoon classes)
  • General English – practice in all language areas

 On-going support

For the duration of this programme, the disabled persons will be assigned a buddy/mentor. The mentor and mentee may continue mentorship beyond the duration of work experience.


People who successfully complete projects/activities under this scheme will be given feedback by a member of the team they were assigned to.  The aim of the feedback will be to impart useful insights into their working, strengths and areas of improvement. Those who complete assigned work/projects will be invited to make a presentation to the staff/group of colleagues and be awarded certificates by the Country Director/Area Director.