Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Project

‘Helping businesses recruit and retain people with disabilities or long term health conditions’

In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly there are almost 50,000 working age people whose day-to-day activities are limited by a long term illness or disability. This is over 15% of the working age population, and well above the national average, but research shows that many businesses lack the confidence and knowledge to employ them.

About The Project

The Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Project is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to work with businesses to co-create solutions that will support them to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. This project will help the Work and Health Unit understand how to work most effectively with local areas and the SME business community, building their knowledge and evidence allowing them to scale up the good practice and replicate it to other areas of the UK. The aim is to ensure that businesses get the right support and information at a national and local level to build business confidence and make it easier to recruit and retain people with disabilities and long term health conditions.

There is nothing more embedded in the local community or with a stronger desire to benefit local people than a small business. Barriers are perhaps time, physical resource and knowledge to find and nurture members of their community who have untapped potential. The FSB are delighted to have the Beacon Project in Cornwall as we see this as a real asset to both business and those in need of some support to make introductions and smooth the path to a productive and fulfilling partnership benefiting the people and the local economy as a whole. A winning scenario for all!

Ann Vandermeulen

Federation of Small Businesses

Many businesses are struggling to find the right people for their business but may have limited their options by not casting their net wide enough. There is a large, untapped resource that is being missed as the potential pool of people who happen to have a disability can often be overlooked but they can have a lot to offer and lots to bring.  Employing a diverse workforce can be a bit of a leap of faith but well worth the effort.

Sue Hook

Sapience HR

About 83% of people who have a disability or long term health condition acquire it while they are in work and on average people with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as people without disabilities. However most people in this category want to work and have a lot to offer an employer. We want to ensure that our business community has everything they need to help them create good places to work where everyone can flourish.

The Beacon Project is all about removing barriers to help businesses recruit and retain people who have disabilities or long term health conditions. By working with the project, businesses can access a wider pool of talent and help shape innovative tools that will be rolled out across the UK. Get in touch using the form below or email beaconproject@cioslep.com for more information. 

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