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Help recruiting and employing disabled people

The equality legislation, the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and The Equality Act 2010 require that people with disabilities do not receive less favourable treatment than non-disabled applicants. Additionally employers are required to make 'reasonable adjustments' for people with disabilities in the work place.

Most employers can take positive action to actively recruit people with disabilities.

Our employment support service can offer extensive advice and support for you as an employer. This could include any or all of the points outlined below:

  • We will aim to fill any vacancy you have to offer
  • Our fully trained and qualified Employment Officers will work closely with you to match the right person to your vacancy
  • We develop a unique support and advice package, tailored for both the individual worker and employer, and involving you at every stage
  • Advice support and training are available on topics such as disability awareness, reasonable adjustments and meeting legal requirements such as the Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act 

For more information please contact us on 01772 537468 or email: employment.services@lancashire.gov.uk

There are sound business reasons to recruit a diverse workforce:

It gives an employer:

  • Access to the widest pool of skills and an opportunity to enrich the workforce.
  • There are potential cost savings 
  • Reduced staff turnover and improved attendance. 
  • A diverse workforce
  • It portrays a positive image by employing people from all sectors of the community
  • Disabled consumers, families and friends have a combined spending power of £60 billion per annum

Chorley Borough Council said:

"Over the past three years I have worked closely with the Employment Service. As a department they are very supportive towards the placements they introduce to the council. They are always striding to make the person as comfortable as possible in the workplace and with regular contact they continue to monitor his/her development."