Lancashire Adult Learning is playing a major role in encouraging employers in the county to be Disability Confident.
Working in partnership with Chorley Council and other organisations, LAL staff accepted an invitation to speak at a Disability Confident event at Chorley Town Hall, which was organised by the Department for Work and Pensions and Job Centre Plus. The event’s aim was to encourage employers to understand the business benefits of employing disabled jobseekers.
Disabled people make up almost 20% of the working age population and many of them are highly qualified individuals. However, employers can be reluctant to employ those with disabilities, and as a result, miss out on a valuable pool of potential employees with strong and diverse skillsets.
Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle attended the event to show his support for the initiative and described it as vital in showing how businesses can and must break down barriers.
Community Learning Development Officer Zoe Ogden, from Lancashire Adult Learning, said: “I delivered a presentation on behalf of LAL on the business benefits and opportunities of employing disabled people. The event was extremely positive and I think we are really seeing the message is getting through to businesses that employers need to look at the whole person when considering candidates for employment.
“There are a number of myths about disabled people taking more days off sick and costing money to have workplace adjustments, for example, but these assumptions are simply incorrect.
“It was great opportunity for LAL to be involved in this Disability Confident event and I am certain businesses left determined to make the most of the talent that exists among disabled people in our area.”
Lancashire Adult Learning delivers a huge range of planned provision across the Red Rose County, from Arts and Crafts to Humanities classes, Languages to Health and Wellbeing sessions and Employability courses.
For more information about LAL, contact 0333 003 1717 or visit www.lal.ac.uk.