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Conference will help firms to recruit and retain disabled workers

Employers can discover how to engage with and support disabled workers at a conference later this month to be opened by minister for disabled people Justin Tomlinson.

The Business Disability Forum’s 2016 conference, ‘Recruiting and retaining disabled talent’, will take place on Wednesday 20 April at the Royal College of Nursing.

It will bring together delegates from the worlds of business and disability awareness, and Mr Tomlinson will discuss the key aims of the government’s Disability Confident campaign.


Bridging the gap

He said: “Business Disability Forum is doing fantastic work in raising awareness of disability issues and I am delighted to attend their 2016 conference.

“If we are to meet our ambition of halving the disability employment gap and getting more disabled people into work then we need everyone to pull together.

“We know that only minor changes are needed for employers to take advantage of the enormous talent among disabled people and by working together and sharing examples of successful approaches we can make a real difference.”


Investment is important

Kate Nash OBE, creator of the professional development hub for disabled people – Purplespace – will deliver a workshop on ways to improve disability confidence when recruiting and retaining disabled employees.

Nash said: “It is vitally important that employers invest in their disabled employees to develop confidence and resilience. It is these things that have the greatest impact on a person’s ability to ask for a workplace adjustment.”

Delegates can also attend a workshop hosted by Lloyds Banking Group on ‘Using work experience to improve disability confidence’.

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