Are you Disability Confident?
There are nearly 6 million people of working age in the UK who are disabled or have a health condition. There has historically been a large gap between the numbers of disabled people employed compared with non-disabled people. Currently there is an employment rate gap between disabled and non-disabled people of 34.8 percentage points in the UK. The government is committed to halving the disability employment gap. So what can we do about it?
We can engage and encourage local employers to become more confident so they employ and retain disabled people. We can increase understanding of disability and the benefits of employing or retaining disabled people. We can increase the number of employers taking action to be “Disability Confident”, which aims to encourage employers to recruit from a diverse range of talent and to get the best chance of hiring the right people.
In fact you have a good opportunity to put the above into practice, by taking part in the Disability Confident Jobs Fair I am organising at Southgate College on Friday 26th February from 10am until 2pm. It will be open to all businesses, employers and potential employees but a particular focus of this jobs fair is disabilities.
You may just want to attend to find out more about becoming “disability confident”, or have a (free of charge) stand to promote your business and offer jobs or apprenticeships, or take part or lead a workshop. It promises to be a great event with Chickenshed theatre company performing and Hotworks Recovery cafe providing light refreshments.
Please let me know if you are interested in supporting the event by emailing me at [email protected] or calling my office on 020 7219 5414.