International Day of Persons with Disabilities
At Thales, we believe diversity and inclusion make for a stronger and more innovative workforce. For us, diversity and inclusion is embraced to foster creativity and decipher solutions to the most complex of problems. This allows us to solve some of the world’s most intricate engineering challenges.
Today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are proud to highlight the contribution made by all our employees with disabilities and to show how we are supporting those with disabilities by creating an environment where we can all be valued for the qualities that we bring to an organisation, regardless of who we are.
Being inclusive requires us all to be open minded to the world around us and, in doing so, enables greater innovation.
At Thales this year, the accent has been placed on mental health and disability, and in particular autism.
Thales Chairman and CEO Patrice Caine has underlined the group's ambition to make the company a welcoming place to work and one where every employee feels their differences are valued. Read the piece here on LinkedIn.
And, we are organising a large number of awareness raising initiatives worldwide.
At Orlando, USA: A “lunch and learn” for managers has been organsied where school educators will address autism in the workplace and the integration of high-school students with autism into teh workplace. See the video below (scroll-down) that shows how one of our managers in Orlando has set-up a traineeship program for students with autism.
In Australia: A talk with a speaker from Autism Spectrum Australia followed by sensory exercises that are aimed at giving those in attendance an impression of what it may be like to live with neurodiversity and certain disabilities.
In France: The Group has signed an ‘Entreprise Aspie-Friendly’ charter, and further initiatives are underIn association with the Paris-Est Créteil University, signed in the presence of Sophie Cluzel, State Secretary for Persons with Disabilities on November 22, 2018.
In the UK: Thales has been placing a focus on Mental Health and making it a part of our everyday conversations, so that we can remove the stigma often associated with the subject matter and feel happier in our work. This is an ongoing commitment, highlighted last year where we signed the Time to Change pledge to publically state our commitment to changing the way we think and talk about mental health in the workplace
In the Netherlands: we have run various sessions aimed at awareness raising for managers and employees to explore Neurodiversity throughout October and November including several well-attended workshops.
At Thales in the USA, one of our managers in Orlando has set-up and run a traineeship program for students with Autism.
Our aim at Thales is to understand the challenges, and start to make the changes by adapting the workplace to people with disabilities, not isolate them, to make the company a more welcoming place to work and one where every employee feels their differences are valued.
If you want to join a company committed to providing the support you need, then take a closer look at the opportunities on offer at jobs.thalesgroup.com