Unlocking Hidden Talent: Addressing Skills Shortages through inclusivity

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 Online

In today’s competitive job market, businesses are facing a severe shortage of skilled workers, often resorting to offering inflated salaries to attract and retain talent. However, amidst this challenge lies an untapped source of potential candidates – over 7 million people in the UK are disabled or have health conditions, eager for employment opportunities.

Consider the numbers: in the 2021 Census, 37.5 million people in the UK were of working age, meaning nearly 20% of this demographic seeks opportunities. At the same time, with 1.02 million open vacancies recorded in July 2023 across the UK, it’s evident that embracing candidates with health conditions or disabilities makes both social and economic sense.

Moreover, a recent study reveals that 70% or employees would consider leaving their current job to join an organisation that prioritises employee development and learning. A substantial 34% of those who left their previous job did so for improved career development prospects.

Investing in your employees not only helps them achieve personal goals but also enhances your company’s overall strength and success.

Is Your Company Disability Confident?

Now, the question arises: Is your organisation Disability Confident, or does it require support? The Disability Confident Scheme embodies a culture of inclusivity, appreciation and a belief in the potential of people with Health conditions and disabilities.

How Can the Disability Confident Scheme Benefit Your Business? The Disability Confident scheme offers numerous advantages, including the ability to:

  • Access a diverse talent pool
  • Attract and retain high-quality, loyal, and hardworking staff
  • Reduce recruitment and training costs by minimising staff turnover
  • Preserve valuable skills and experience in your organisation
  • Lower sickness absence rates and associated costs
  • Boost employee morale and commitment by demonstrating a commitment to fairness.

Join our online Workshop on Tuesday 24th  October 2023 - 9am-10.30am

To explore the possibilities and learn how your organisation can become a Disability Confident Employer, join us at our upcoming workshop in October. Harry, a Disability Employment Advisor & Oxfordshire Disability Confident Champion, will be available to address your questions and concerns.

Book Your Place Now

To secure your spot and take the first step toward unlocking the potential of a more inclusive and diverse workforce, please visit https://buff.ly/3ZL32M9


Together, we can bridge skills gaps and create a bright future for both your organisation and talented individuals waiting for the opportunity to shine.