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McAlpine enhances web accessibility under inclusion initiative

1 October 2019

Sir Robert McAlpine has partnered up with Recite Me to provide barrier-free access to its website for people with a range of accessibility issues.

Around one in every five people in the UK has a disability and they can often face barriers such as inaccessible websites that prevent them from taking an active part in life. This includes people with visual impairments, dyslexia, colour blindness and other forms of neurodiversity, as well as those for whom English is not their first language.

Nadeem Mirza, head of resourcing & talent acquisition at Sir Robert McAlpine, said: “Our ambition is to be the best place to work and the best builder in the UK. That means having a company that represents the people of Britain, without exception. 

“I am proud to deliver this inclusive project as it represents the values of, not only the business, but my own dedication to ensuring we hire great talent from diverse backgrounds and abilities."

To support website visitors and potential candidates looking for a career at Sir Robert McAlpine, the Recite Me assistive toolbar allows people to customise their website in a way that works best for them. The software includes text-to-speech functionality, customisable styling features, reading aids and a translation tool with more than 100 languages, including 35 text-to-speech voices, plus dyslexia software.

Recite Me founder and CEO Ross Linnett said: “The construction industry is moving in the right direction with its actions towards diversity and inclusion. It is now great to see that tier one construction contractor Sir Robert McAlpine is taking this to the next level with the introduction of assistive technology.

“We look forward to seeing more construction companies make this positive change online, using web accessibility software to ensure they are fully supporting customers and staff to access content in a way that works best for them.”