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Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale, Mark Dale, principal of Portland College, Gloria De Piero MP, a representative of the Co-op, who signed up to Disability Confident and Suzanne Hart, from Sutton JobCentre.

Gloria helps companies to discover the potential of employing disabled people

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Ashfield and Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero attended a special event on Friday which encouraged local employers to sign up for a scheme to help disabled people get into work.

The Disability Confident event was organised by the Department for Work and Pensions and held at Portland College on Friday, February 24.

It aimed to inform companies how they can attract, retain and recruit disabled people and show employers the benefits of having an inclusive workforce.

Over 30 employers from the Mansfield and Ashfield areas came along to find out more and several signed up to become Disability Confident committed employers on the day.

Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale, Mark Dale, principal of Portland College, Gloria De Piero MP, a representative of the Co-op, who signed up to Disability Confident and Suzanne Hart, from Sutton JobCentre.
Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale, Mark Dale, principal of Portland College, Gloria De Piero MP, a representative of the Co-op, who signed up to Disability Confident and Suzanne Hart, from Sutton JobCentre.

Gloria said: “A lot of misconceptions about disabled people and what they can offer still exist, so schemes like Disability Confident are extremely important in helping to change the attitudes of business and wider society.

“I was pleased I could support this event by addressing employers and doing a little bit to convince them to sign up for this scheme.”

Over six million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a long term health condition.

Over 1,000 employers have already signed up to Disability Confident.

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