Following our Disability Confident lead

Local businesses sign up

Sign up event

Local employers signed a pledge to become Disability Confident at a recent event organised by our Supported Enterprise Service, and follow our lead as a Disability Confident Leader.

The event, in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, encouraged local business to actively work to support and successfully employ and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

We're one of only two councils in Scotland to achieve Disability Confident Leadership status and as part of this accreditation is actively encouraging other local employers to follow suit. The Disability Confident scheme encourages employers to make the most of the talents available that people can bring to the workplace and ensures employers can tap into the widest pool of talent available and play a leading role in changing attitudes.

Donella Duff, Supported Enterprise Manager, said: "Part of our commitment as a Disability Confident leader is to engage with other local employers to start their Disability Confident journey. This involves providing mentoring and peer support, speaking about Disability Confident at business events and providing work placements and trials to people seeking employment.

"It was positive to see so many local businesses, large and small, represented and committed to becoming Disability Confident. We're looking forward to other future events to continue to provide opportunities for people with disabilities across our communities. We want North Lanarkshire to be the place for disabled people to live, learn, work, invest and visit."

One of the employers signing up was Indeglas from Cumbernauld. Jeanette McIntyre, Managing Director, said: "Becoming a Disability Confident employer was an important next step for our whole team. We are fully committed to ensuring equal opportunities for everyone and recognised this initiative as a good guide to ensuring our policies, procedures and actions fully supported both current and future staff to achieve their full potential, free from prejudice and discrimination."

Audrey Friskey, Employer Adviser at DWP, added: "We are delighted to have been involved with NLC's Supported Enterprise Service's Disability Confident event. One of our key priorities is to help more disabled people to progress into work. That's why we're investing more money than ever before in Access to Work and increasing the number on the Disability Confident scheme to 20,000."

For further information contact Audrey Friskey@dwp.gov.uk or Gail McKee from our Supported Enterprise Service.

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