Scunthorpe Jobcentre Plus urging employers to sign up to become disability confident

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Mar 2018

Scunthorpe's Jobcentre Plus is urging and supporting employers to sign up to become disability confident.

Over seven million people of working age in the United Kingdom are disabled or have a health condition and 83 per cent of people acquire their disability whilst in work. With the aging workforce, there are potentially more people who will have a health condition going forward.

In Scunthorpe, Jobcentre Plus is asking employers to sign up to be a disability confident employer, which will ensure they have the widest possible pool of people to consider for their vacancies or the support they need to retain the skilled workers they might not want to lose.

The Disability Confident Scheme is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives. More and more businesses are signing up to the scheme every week. The scheme helps them think differently about disability, and improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers.


Hall Farm in Eastoft is a disability confident employer

The scheme helps employers:

Draw from the widest possible pool of talent
Secure high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard-working
Improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that you treat all employees fairly

It also helps customers and other businesses identify those employers who are committed to equality in the workplace.

Caitlin Mayhew, care farm co-ordinator from Hall Farm in Eastoft, said: "We were happy to sign up to be disability confident because we believe that everyone with or without a physical or learning disability has something they can bring to the table.

"We work to teach and improve peoples skills to take on in to the work environment, and in their every day lives. Having a diverse workforce creates a great team built on a variety of skills and interests.

"At Hall Farm, our service users develop their skills through farm work, animal care and horticulture."

Anne Brewster, employer and partnership manager for Scunthorpe Jobcentre Plus, said: "All the information a business needs to become a disability confident committed employer is on gov.uk/disability-confident , however, if a business would like someone to come and talk to them, the employer recruitment team in Scunthorpe would be happy to assist on 01724 274477.


Scunthorpe Jobcentre Plus on Laneham Street (Image: David Haber)

"Hall Farm is an example of an employer who can clearly see the benefit of considering those with a disability and the talents and skills they can bring. There is support for those in employment who need workplace adjustments through Access to Work."

Access to Work assists disabled people who are in paid employment or with a job or a work trial by providing practical support with overcoming work related obstacles arising from disability.

You can find more information at gov.uk/access-to-work



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