Demystifying employing people with disabilities

In these challenging economic times, employers unanimously agree on the importance of skills and the need to attract the best people to work for their business, to ensure their organisations thrive and Northern Ireland strengthens its economy.

  • Date:

    09 Oct 2019

  • Time:

    10:00 am - noon

  • Location:

    Allen & Overy | Donegall Quay | Belfast BT1

  • Price:

    Free

Many potential workers, however, find it difficult to access employment, especially those who have disabilities (there is a 30% employment gap between those with a disability and those without).

Employers have indicated the principal barriers to employing people with disabilities are a lack of awareness of disability and accommodation issues, concerns over costs, and fear of legal liability.

If these sound like some of the difficulties your business faces, then this is the event for you. Targeted at HR practitioners and CR champions, this event seeks to allay concerns by providing information and guidance to enable employers to make informed decisions.  It is aimed at employers with a limited experience of employing disabled people and will outline talent attraction activities around recruitment and/or the retention of current employees who become disabled (those with disability changes requiring the employer to consider new employment impacts).

The session format will be a mix of short, sharp inputs from disability sector experts, sharing methods and approaches that work.  It will also have related input from the Equality Commission, offering employers guidance around legislation, etc.  The session will include real-life examples to illustrate how people with disabilities can make a positive impact within the workplace.

The session will have a particular focus on the recently launched five step recruitment guide entitled ‘Employing people with disabilities – A Positive Action Guide for Employers’; designed to help employers match the right people with the right jobs, achieving positive outcomes for everyone.

Based on the inspiring presentations and testimonies of good practices, we hope that employers attending this workshop will leave feeling empowered to make any necessary workplace changes as they play their part in addressing the disability employment gap and ensuring inclusive workplaces for all.

*The NI Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE) is a network of organisations assisting people with disabilities to access and stay in employment; it acts as a link between employers and supported employment organisations.