Employers urged to attend key event championing disabled jobseekers
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin, left and Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt MP, right.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 21 Sep 2017
A SPECIAL event is being held next month to brief businesses on the financial, operational and social benefits of being a Disability Confident Employer.
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin is championing This Ability locally, with Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt MP, also backing the roll-out.
He said: “Employers should be making the most of the talent that exists amongst disabled people in this country and this event, is to encourage employers to understand the business benefits of employing disabled jobseekers.
“By working with local employers, role models and employees, this event showcases how people with a disability can make a major contribution to local business success and challenge negative attitudes to disability employment.
“Disabled people make up almost 20 per cent of the working age population, many being highly qualified individuals. But employers can be reluctant to employ them, missing out on a valuable pool of potential and skills.”
The event will take place at Glanford Park, home of Scunthorpe United, between 7.45am and 10.30am on Friday, October 20.
Mr Dakin said: “At our Disability Confident event, we would like to show you how much they have to offer your business.
There are many myths about disabled people taking more days off sick, costing money to have workplace adjustments and creating a fear of discrimination claims. All of these assumptions are incorrect.
“Join us to hear why they are wrong and listen and talk to employers who can explain the support that is available, the steps they have taken to help disabled people enter and progress at work and the benefits their businesses have gained as a result.”
For more information call Anne Brewster on 01724 274484 or Laura Rowbotham on 01724 297302.