Last week the government launched ‘Improving Lives’ setting out a strategy to get more disabled people into work, with a target of over 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027.
This ambitious plan is welcomed but will need resources and a personalised approach by employers to make it happen. The government has already backtracked on their pledge to halve the disability employment gap by 2020, and the strategy has been launched immediately after the Autumn Budget statement which made no mention of social care.
However, employers can take steps to support disabled people into work through joining the Disability Confident scheme and becoming a Mindful Employer. Flexible working allows 8 million people in the UK to work part-time, and around 4 million people work from home, and these working patterns could support a disabled person to work.
For example, Barclays recognises the value of recruiting people with a wide range of life experiences, and utilises this diverse range of life experience to improve customer service. They have also made a set of resources to support employers to be disability confident.
Independent Lives offers personalised volunteering opportunities to people with support needs to gain work experience, confidence, and to contribute to our charity.
Business Disability Forum also offers a range of services aimed at employers.