Amber has kick-started her Disability Confident summer challenge to get local employers on board with disability employment.
MP for Hastings and Rye, Amber Rudd, has undertaken a challenge to make the employers in her area more inclusive, encouraging them to sign up to the Disability Confident scheme and open up their workforce to disabled people. Amber’s aim is to get Hastings and Rye to become the most Disability Confident area before Parliament returns at the end of the summer.
The challenge is part of a national campaign run by the Disability Confident scheme, which supports employers to increase the diversity of their workforce and offer opportunities to disabled jobseekers, including work experience, apprenticeships, work trials and employment.
“Disabled people make up a fifth of the working age population, and our local employers could be missing out on a large proportion of the talent in our community.
“I started a similar campaign in April after I committed my Parliamentary Office to being Level 1 Disability Confident. I have written again to local employers encouraging them to look into this scheme and to sign up over the summer.
“This will be the start of Hastings and Rye business leaders joining the national scheme and making a real difference to the lives of local disabled people. I look forward to seeing the outcome in over a month’s time.”
Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Penny Mordaunt said:
“I want to congratulate Amber for taking steps to create more Disability Confident employers and helping achieve our aim of getting 1 million more disabled people into work over the next 10 years.
“The scheme supports employers who want know how they can make their organisation more inclusive. The Disability Confident kite mark also sends a powerful signal to disabled candidates that if they apply to that firm they can have confidence their needs and concerns will be understood and supported.”
The new Disability Confident sign-up scheme was launched at the end of last year and builds on the success of the previous ‘Two Ticks’ scheme. More than 4,500 businesses have signed up to become Disability Confident, including Hastings Borough Council, Amber’s Parliamentary office and Sussex Coast College Hastings.
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You can find out more about the scheme and sign up here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/disability-confident-campaign