People with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be unemployed than people without disabilities. However, research shows that there are clear benefits to employing people with disabilities, from providing specific additional skills to helping create a more positive, motivated workforce.
We’re committed to working with local food and drink businesses to ensure they have the skilled workforce they need to innovate and make the most of growth opportunities. So, we’ve organised this event as part of our Experts Grow programme to help businesses tackle the barriers to employing people with disabilities and show them how to make the most of a diverse workforce.
The Beacon Project will be providing advice on recruitment. United Response and Employability Cornwall will explain how they can support employers to adjust their workplace to make it disability-friendly, while the Kehelland Trust will be able to share their experience of working with people with disabilities.
We’ll also show you how Experts Grow can help to create placements and jobs for people with different abilities, using a voucher scheme to contribute to your staff time.
10am Welcome from Matthew Thomson, CEO of Cornwall Food Foundation and Managing Director of Fifteen Cornwall
10:15am Site tour from Kehelland Trust
10:40am Identifying opportunities when employing people with learning disabilities with United Response
11:45am Benefits and rewards of employing people with learning disabilities with Cafe CHAOS
12:05pm Supporting young people with learning disabilities into employment with Cornwall Council/Employability Cornwall
12:30pm Challenges to recruitment in the Cornish food sector with The Beacon Project