Businesses pledge 'Disability Confident' support

Celebrating diversity at work


An event involving local businesses, council contractors and charitable organisations, saw pledges of support made to follow North Lanarkshire Council's lead as a Disability Confident employer.

The event, which celebrated diversity at work, took place to raise awareness and encourage businesses, including our suppliers and partner firms, to be Disability Confident.

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. Already a number of businesses have pledged their support.

One attendee, Jamie Mowat, Construction Director from Belac Group Limited, said: "I really enjoyed the event. It was informative and highlighted the support available to employers to enable them to integrate those with varying needs into their business. As a result of the day we are fully committed to signing up to become a Disability Confident Employer and we will be encouraging our supply chain to follow suit. We're excited by the prospects of contributing towards the council's agenda of ensuring disabled people have the opportunity to fulfil their potential."

North Lanarkshire Council is one of only two Scottish councils to achieve Disability Confident Leadership status and as part of this accreditation actively encourages other local employers to follow suit. And in partnership with the Department of Work and Pensions, we organised our Celebrating Diversity at Work day.

Des Murray, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council opened the event and everyone had the opportunity to attend workshops and visit stallholders who provided valuable information. Des said: "As one of the biggest employers in North Lanarkshire, the council aims to be an employer of choice for disabled people. The Disability Confident employer scheme has given us the framework to achieve this ambition. By providing access to employment opportunities and support, we not only enable disabled people to gain and sustain employment but also to thrive at work. Being a Disability Confident Leader means leading by example to encourage other North Lanarkshire employers to become Disability Confident too. This inspirational event which attracted more than 30 businesses was an important and key way of delivering that goal."

Paul Harwood, Disability Employment Advisor Team Leader, DWP, added: "We were more than happy to work with our Disability Confident leaders in North Lanarkshire Council. On the day we were pleased to sign up 4 employers and gathered contact details for a further 18 who expressed an interest. We are keen to support and work with these employers, helping them to sign up to Disability Confident, and discuss what offers they could bring to help DWP and the Government's aim of getting 1.7 million individuals with health conditions into employment by 2023."

To find out more contact Gail McKee, NLC's Supported Enterprise at or Paul Harwood, DWP, at

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