Croydon Council is calling on recruiters across the borough to sign up for a free training course this month about how to attract and keep staff with disabilities.
Tickets are still available for the Disability Confident training event on Wednesday 25 July and Thursday 26 July at Croydon town hall, which will give up to 200 delegates the skills to support employees with a range of needs.
The sessions, which are open to employers, recruitment consultants, HR specialists and careers advisers, will include talks, group activities, role plays and networking, and most of the speakers have a disability themselves.
The training will be led by Croydon Council, Mind, specialist recruiter Status Employment, fire safety consultancy Millwood, advocacy and support group Croydon People First, and the Department for Work and Pensions.
Registration opens at 9am on both days of the event, which will be held in the Braithwaite Hall at the town hall and lasts until 1.30pm.
As well as becoming disability-confident, at the end of the training day all participants will also have the opportunity to talk to representatives from the Department for Work and Pensions about gaining accreditation.
Topics that the training will cover include:
• What is a disability
• An employer’s case study on the benefits of employing someone with a disability
• Hidden impairments
• Understanding autism
• Mental health
• Sensory impairment
• The definition of reasonable adjustments
• What services are available for employees and employers.
“86% of people with a disability develop their condition while they are still working, and that’s why this council-run event is essential for employers wanting happy staff and a thriving long-term business.
“This is one of London’s biggest disability confident events, and I urge anyone interesting in knowing the best ways to recruit and retain people with disabilities to sign up.”
Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, cabinet member for economy and jobs
Booking can be done online via Eventbrite. For more information, contact Emma Shepherd via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07500 918672.