App support team for TFW win Best Equality Award at CIPD awards ceremony

THE App Support Team at Transport for Wales, all of whom are either deaf or hard of hearing, have won the Best Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Wales (CIPD) awards ceremony.

Made up of four people, the team supports the finance department with raising purchasing orders, receipting of invoices, collecting project information, testing systems for upgrades and raising sales invoices.

The team communicate with each other using sign language, Microsoft Teams and email. TfW has made their office space more accessible for them and provided vibrating pagers to help with health and safety precautions.

Last year the team were successful and won the Corporate Responsibility Award at the Wales Finance Awards and they have now gone on to win at this year’s CIPD awards.

Karlijn Asveld, Senior Finance Business Partner said: “We’re really proud that we’ve been able to create a whole team at TfW that is made up of people who are deaf or have hearing difficulties.

“We’ve ensured that our office set up allows them to sit together so they are able to support and communicate with each other.

“This week is Sign Language Week across the UK and it’s important to celebrate the success of the team. It’s great that we’ve won this national CIPD award, it brings recognition to the team and we hope to encourage more employers to look at more inclusive ways of employment.”

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