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de Poel Community attends key event with Minister of State for Disabled People

Hosted by the Minister for Disabled People at the STEAM Musuem, the event took the style of a reverse jobs fair. Employers were able to discuss their current job vacancies with local talent and make connections and links to work experience projects with de Poel Community and other exhibitiors, in a relaxed and informal environment.

Through the Disability Confident campaign, which is now in its second year, the government is working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that people with disabilities have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

de Poel Community and DWP are working with an aligned vision to create employment opportunities for all, and generatea positive impact on individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, said: “Despite steady improvement, it is still the case that some disabled people are finding doors shut in their face. Time and again disabled people tell me that they want to work and have the skills but are overlooked for roles they would be perfect for.

“This has to change and MPs, local authorities and other organisations can play their part by holding Disability Confident jobs fairs across the country. The ones we have seen have been very successful, but there is no reason why they shouldn’t take place in every one of the UK’s 650 constituencies.

“Together, MPs and employers can reach out to disabled people and make a tremendous difference.”

Janice Henson, managing director of de Poel Community, commented: “de Poel Community was founded on the ethos that everyone deserves the opportunity to work and we are delighted to be working with DWP, encouraging businesses to be Disability Confident.

“Since the Disability Confident initiative was introduced, de Poel Community has impacted the lives of more than 3,000 job seekers facing barriers to work, helping them to find sustainable employment. In 2014 alone, 1,764 job seekers completed employability courses with de Poel Community, 72% of whom successfully secured a job offer at the end. We ran 190 courses nationally, with 80% of employers booking a second course.

“For any organisation – whether you are an SME or large-blue chip, local or UK wide, operating in the private, public or third sector – you can make a huge difference in the recruitment and retention of your disbabled employees. Through the work de Poel Community and DWP is doing, we are seeing some inspiring instances of companies that are celebrating Disability Confidence and reaping the benefits of an inclusive workforce. We can certainly learn from their experiences.”

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