Last week we attended the very interesting North Devon Disability Confident Conference held by Pluss in Barnstaple.
Pluss is a Social Enterprise owned by four Devon councils which works in partnership with people with disabilities and with businesses in order to support and empower individuals into employment. Much of their work is funded by the government and local MP, Nick Harvey was a speaker at the conference.
As well as promoting the enormous benefits to the individuals themselves, Disability Confident also highlights the considerable value to employers of tapping into the vast talent pool of people’s special abilities.
A number of North Devon manufacturing and engineering businesses, including Atlas, SFL and SWM, talked about the very positive impact they all experience from employing disabled people and the enormous impact on the employees.
20% of the working age population has a disability so it’s important for businesses to realise the abilities and skills of all potential employees, whether their innate aptitude and attitude, or skills gained from their previous career. Such skills can include welding, operating CNC presses and working on an EPC paint line for example; all skills which we could use at Dymond Engineering.
It’s something all companies should consider when we need to recruit.