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Speakers to encourage more disability confident employers

Businesses in North West Leicestershire are being invited to learn all about becoming Disability Confident Employers.

These are companies who look beyond disabilities and health conditions when it comes to recruitment.

A dedicated breakfast event on Friday 27 October will see a line up of excellent speakers explain the range of benefits that come with thinking positively about disability.

It will be hosted jointly by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and Stephenson’s College.

Speakers will include NWLDC Chief Executive Bev Smith, Andrew Bridgen MP, Anne Danvers from the DWP, Nigel Leigh from Stephenson College and Theresa Malcher from Marks & Spencer Logistics in Castle Donington.

Bev Smith, Chief Executive of NWLDC, said: “The district council is very proud to already be a Disability Confident Employer and we would love to see other businesses join us.

“We have recruited fantastic and talented employees with our eyes open to the possibility of hiring people with disabilities.

“It is important to spread this message to other businesses in the district and I’ll be speaking passionately to promote this.”

Theresa Malcher, Senior People Policy Specialist – Logistics at M&S Logistics, said: “At M&S we are passionate about supporting those who face barriers to work into the workplace – whatever the barrier might be - and we support hundreds of people with disabilities every year as we know they are fantastic talent.

“We have a long-standing employability programme, Marks & Start, which does just this. We also work with four programme partners to support those who face barriers to employment; Prince’s Trust (young people between the ages of 16-25), Remploy (people with disabilities and health conditions), Business in the Community (homeless or those at risk of homelessness) and Gingerbread (lone parents).”

This event forms part of the Leicester Business Festival and businesses should book their place at www.leicesterbusinessfestival.com

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