Thursday, June 30, 2016

Workforce needs to support people with disabilities - CLAREHERALD

by Páraic McMahon
Originally published: June 29, 2016

Senator Conway gave the opening address at the Mid-West Disability Inclusion Forum’s, ‘Disability Inclusion Recruitment and Employment Seminar’, at the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick on Tuesday.

“The establishment of the forum is timely in light of the publication of the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities late last year. The strategy aims to help people with disabilities play an active part in our workforce. The focus is on building skills, capacity and independence; providing bridges and support to enter work; making work pay; promoting job retention and re-entry to work; providing coordinated and seamless support and engaging with employers.

He continued “We must now recognise the strong business case for the employment of people with disabilities. The greater accessibility of recruitment and selection processes allows for access to an expanded talent pool, at a time when some roles are hard to fill. Increased diversity in the workforce also sends a positive signal to your customers with disabilities and can lead to an increased market share.