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The Disability Confident scheme Bedfordshire

Are you a Disability Confident Employer?

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Date: 6 February 2109
Venue: Jordan’s Mill Broom Bedfordshire SG18 9JX
Time: 8.45am – 11.30am

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers like you to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace

The Dept of Work and Pensions is inviting local employers to a forthcoming breakfast event to hear more about recruiting and retaining a wealth of talent to your business.

The event will create an opportunity to discover how Disability Confident can support your business in current times of increased competition for employees, avoiding skills shortages and retaining any of your skilled workforce, in the event they experience illness or disability.

This event, supported by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Sarah Newton MP is designed to showcase the business benefits of employing disabled people and people with health conditions.

Seven benefits to becoming Disability Confident:
1. Attract and hold on to valuable skills and experience
2. Gain access to the widest pool of talent
3. Improve your company culture
4. Become more productive
5. Reduce absences through sickness
6. Tap into the spending power of disabled people
7. Improve your brand reputation  

At the event you will have the opportunity to sign up to the Disability Confident scheme along with the 1,000’s of UK businesses that have already done so.

You will have the unique opportunity to network with other local employers who will explain the steps they have taken and the benefits their businesses have gained as a result of employing experienced and highly qualified disabled people.

Also you will hear testimonials from inspirational and motivating speakers and be able to talk to qualified staff from the Department of Work and Pensions. They can offer you advice on Government funding grants and the support that is available through Access to Work to assist with recruitment. We will give you the help and support to enable you to meet your recruitment needs from a much wider pool of talent.

If you would like to find out just how disabled people can make a major contribution to the success of your business then join us at our Disability Confident event. Don't miss out on this valuable pool of potential skills and the financial, operational and social benefits that being a Disability Confident employer can bring.

To book your place please email Anna-louise.Hilton@dwp.gsi.gov.uk. Please let us know if you have any special requirements for the day.

Draft Agenda

•    08:45 – 9.15am    Registration and Networking

           Tea/Coffee and refreshments
   
•    9.15am - Opening Address (Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP)

•    Disability Confident – DWP Presentation

•    Case Study - DWP

•    Table Work – Personal Experiences

•    Support available – Access to Work

•    Case Study - Employer

•    Brexit and impact on recruitment – John Guthrie (Employment and Policy Adviser, UK Hospitality)

•    Pledges

•    Close – Chris Guest (Director Jobcentre Plus South East England)

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