Cornwall Work and Health Beacon Project
The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has secured Government funding to help local businesses recruit and retain people with disabilities and long term health conditions, and therefore enjoy access to a wider pool of talent and experience. It will work closely with the business community to examine how businesses make hiring decisions, and promote more inclusive employment practices through education, confidence building, innovative digital tools, access to national and local support, and through peer-to-peer communications. We want businesses to learn from each other and share their experience and good practice.
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. 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.
Why you should sign up
Disability Confident organisations play a leading role in changing attitudes for the better. They’re changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks and communities.
The scheme helps employers:
- draw from the widest possible pool of talent
- secure high quality staff who are skilled, loyal and hard working
- improve employee morale and commitment by demonstrating that you treat all employees fairly
It also helps customers and other businesses identify those employers who are committed to equality in the workplace.
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