Businesses in North West Leicestershire have pledged to sign up to become Disability Confident Employers after attending a breakfast event.
Hosted jointly by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), and Stephenson College, the event encouraged businesses to look beyond disabilities and health conditions when it comes to recruitment.
The event was called ‘Open Your Eyes to a Hidden Pool of Talent” and was part of the recent Leicester Business Festival.
Speakers included NWLDC Head of Economic Development Kay Greenbank, Andrew Bridgen MP, Anne Danvers from the DWP, Nigel Leigh from Stephenson College and Theresa Malcher from Marks & Spencer Logistics in Castle Donington.
The morning was hugely successful with many employers outlining their intention to become Disability Confident Employers in the near future.
NWLDC Head of Economic Development Kay Greenbank said: “The district council is very proud to already be a Disability Confident Employer and it’s great to see others following suit.
“For the businesses that attended it was an eye-opening event and we’ve had lots of positive feedback, not least that several outlined their intention to immediately become Disability Confident Employers.
Andrew Bridgen MP said: “I was pleased to speak and attend this event. Unemployment is at a record low in North West Leicestershire and it is clear that businesses to look beyond disabilities and health conditions when it comes to recruitment. As the workshop demonstrated, there is a hidden pool and talent and I am very happy to support the initiative.”
For more information please contact either Emma Kendrick on 01530 503882 or Lynn Coyles on 01530 503884 or visit https://disabilityconfident.campaign.gov.uk