The first This Ability in Hull was so well received the partnership will now be hosting similar events across the Humber over the coming months. Key stakeholders from across the Humber Region are dedicated to ensuring that local businesses from our region have full access to all available talent by becoming Disability Confident and recruiting a diverse workforce.
Once again we are delighted that Channel 4’s Nicky Ivory-Chapman will be joining us for the next event in Cleethorpes at Memorial Hall for our next breakfast event.
We are delighted to have Channel 4 speaking at This Ability as part of their Year of Disability. This year Channel 4 launched their 360° Diversity Charter, on 13th January at This Ability they will discuss the incredibly beneficial impact this has had on the Channel.
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“One in five of us has a disability and although the employment rates for disabled people have increased gradually over the years, we know that all too often their talents are left untapped. Research shows that more disabled jobseekers cite employers’ attitudes as a bigger barrier to work than transport, which is why we are working hard to support employers to become more confident about hiring disabled people. There are significant benefits to be had by employing someone with a disability. Research shows they can help increase the number of Britain’s 12m disabled customers who use a business or service, and they tend to stay in their job for longer. Disability Confident is part of the Government’s long-term economic plan to increase employment rates among disabled people. One in five of us have a disability — by providing employment and accessible services, businesses can tap into the £80bn potential spending power of disabled people.” Mark Harper MP
The event will be hosted by Rt Hon Martin Vickers MP. We will also hear from employees themselves talk about how they can productively contribute to any workforce if the correct reasonable adjustments are made.
This Ability aims to bring together local and National initiatives such as Disability Confident, Department of Work and Pensions, Job Centre Plus, Humber Learning Consortium, PADD, Mencap, Care Plus Employability Services Talent Match Humber, The Humber Local Enterprise Network’s Skills Pledge, Local employers and Access to Work to streamline accesses to Information Advice and guidance for employers in the Humber Region.
2017 is the year to become Disability Confident and access skills that are too often missed. This Ability will provide a safe space for us to debunk those myths, allay those fears, ask ‘those’ questions that sometimes we are worried about asking.