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A training event has been launched to raise the confidence of SME’s around the employment of disabled people.
Latest statistics show that there are 11 million disabled people in the UK and yet only 38% are in employment compared to a 74% employment rate for non-disabled people.
With the SME sector responsible for around 2/3 of the UK economy the ‘back to basics’ session is designed to give small business owners a better understanding of disability in the workplace, the impact on recruitment, obligation of employers and legal frameworks.

Gorvins Business Academy has teamed up with The Clear Company, inclusive recruitment specialists, to give recruiters, HR professionals and business owners the knowledge and understanding to recruit with confidence.

The free-of-charge, hands on training session will take place on Thursday 5th December from 9am to 1pm. It will cover the dos and don’ts when recruiting, give candidates an understanding of what reasonable adjustments are needed, employer obligations and where to get help, as well as advice on finding talent.

Kate Headley, Development Director at The Clear Company, said: “There are many myths around the employment of disabled people including cost and reduced capacity whereas statistically the reality is the opposite. HSE stats confirm that disabled people take less time off sick, have increased levels of loyalty and are more productive at work.

“Our research has shown that 70% of disabled candidates have experienced negative assumptions about their disability and 74% would not declare their disability for fear of not getting the job. This lack of confidence in employers by disabled applicants is getting in the way of good people getting jobs.”

So far the Academy has delivered training on a wide variety of important and, at times, sensitive, subjects to help business owners equip themselves better for growth. By working with leaders in field such as The Clear Company trainees are given access to the very latest information, skills and advice which can help their business.”