Employers offered helping hand over disability issues
Help is at hand for UK employers who lack confidence over tackling disability issues in the workplace, by way of a series of government-funded workshops offering help, guidance and advice related to disability at work.
The Realising Potential partnership project is led by the National Employment Panel, the Employers' Forum on Disability and Jobcentre Plus, intended to give employers better awareness of how best to approach disability among their employees.
Funded by the government's Office for Disability Issues, the partnership is expected to reach up to a thousand employers through 22 separate seminars taking place across the UK. The minister for disabled people, Anne McGuire, is confident in the aims of the initiative.
"Many businesses already employ disabled people and are reaping the rewards," she said according to Source UK.
"These events will help more employers to gain a better understanding of disability and the range of support that is available to them."
Figures from the Office for National Statistics state that there were some 6.9 million people of working age with disabilities in the UK in 2005, representing one fifth of the total working age population.