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RIO event urges businesses to see abilities – not disabilities – when recruiting

By 11th May 2016 No Comments

Businesses in the Mendips will be encouraged to see the potential of people with disabilities and health conditions to join their workforce at ‘Reversing the Recruitment Process’ on Tuesday 24th May, 2-4.30pm, at the Bath and West Showground.

There are around 7million uniquely talented people across the UK living with disabilities and health conditions that could make a valuable contribution to local businesses, but often find real barriers to securing and keeping a job.

‘Reversing the Recruitment Process’ is a CPD event, organised by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – as part of a larger piece of work with the Department for Work and Pensions. The event will showcase the difference that employing someone with a disability or barrier to work can make – not just to the company which gets important skills and a real commitment to its business, but also the benefits to the individual and the wider community.

Kate Rowlands, Consultant for RIO, said: “We know people with health related barriers to work can have unique skills to offer employers but often the recruitment process as it exists and the lack of understanding about their conditions mean they often don’t have a chance to show employers what they can do.

“By coming along to this event employers can find out about the benefits of employing someone with a barrier to work, share their experiences with other businesses, how to address any challenges that arise and how to get involved by offering work place visits or work experience trials.”

This event is being organised by a group of people with health conditions and disabilities, with support from RIO, to showcase some of the practical skills they can offer local employers. Attendance is free. For more information and to book please contact Nicholas Clitheroe by email on Nicholas.clitheroe@realideas.org or call 08458 621288.

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