More than 40 businesses attended a Disability Confident event at East Sussex National last week.
The aim was to help them become more confident in hiring disabled people, by seeing their ability, rather than disability, when recruiting for new roles.
The event was hosted by Wealden MP Nus Ghani and Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by the Department of Work and Pensions’ Disability Confident programme.
Amanda Wadsworth spoke about the work the Department of Work and Pensions was doing to get more disabled people into work and how businesses could better prepare for hiring them.
Nus Ghani said: “It’s critical that anybody who wants to find work is able to do so. Disability Confident is about challenging the social prejudices that exist against employees with disability.
“By working with the Government and local businesses, we can make real, lasting societal change and get more disabled people into work than ever before.”
Ian Noble, from Uckfield Chamber of Commerce, said: “We were thrilled with the good number of Uckfield businesses, many of whom are Chamber members, who attended the event.
“Understanding the importance of inclusion of people that have disabilities, within the local workplace, is essential and we have been pleased to help local businesses become more ‘Disability Confident’.”
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