Pluss were delighted to co-sponser the MInister for Disabled People's Disability Confident event held at STEAM museum in Swindon last week.
After weeks of preparation, we were delighted that the event was attended by over 100 representatives from over 70 different local businesses. They were there to speak to the 25 different stall holders, including Pluss.
The event took the form of a ‘Reverse Jobs Fair’, with employers, not job seekers, attending to discuss their specific recruitment needs with specialist disability work programme providers.
The aim was to help create long term job opportunities for disabled job seekers and promote the Disability Confident campaign. Disability Confident was launched by the Prime Minister in 2013, and has publicly announced the government’s commitment to halve the disability employment gap.
So far, the campaign has helped 226,000 disabled people get into work in the past year. This is a great achievement, but we need around 1 million more to find work in order to halve the gap.
The fair was designed to shake up the campaign and introduce a new, creative way of helping to link employers with the recruiters who work alongside disabled people who are looking for employment.
Both national companies such as McDonald's, Zurich, National Rail, Jurys Inn and Nationwide were in attendance, as well as smaller local businesses. All businesses gave a pledge before they left, outlining their future contribution to the Disability Confident campaign.