Wednesday, September 20, 2017

UK Warehousing Association Aims to Support the Disabled Seeking a Job in Logistics

Partnership with Specialist Employment Group is a Positive Move
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UK – It is a sad fact of life that, in an age when most companies pay lip service to equality, there are still factors and taboos which weigh heavily against disabled people finding the right employment for themselves. These vary from a reticence to discuss disability with a prospective staff member to many people's own lack of self-confidence when it comes to seeking a job. Now the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has announced that it will be working in partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise, Evenbreak, to promote the value of diversity in the logistics sector and, in particular, highlight the positive contribution that disabled employees can make to a business.

Evenbreak is a not-for-profit social enterprise formed to help inclusive employers attract more talented disabled people, help disabled jobseekers find work with employers who will value their skills and promote the business benefits of employing disabled people. The organisation aims to achieve these goals through a specialist job board – - that matches disabled job seekers with employers looking to build a diverse workforce. Peter Ward, CEO of UKWA, observed:

“Employing people with disabilities benefits employers. For example, employees with disabilities are fully aware of how difficult looking for a job can be, and often try to compensate their deficits through greater efforts. The many hurdles which people with disabilities might encounter on a daily basis motivate them to accomplish even more. Therefore, they often show a greater loyalty to their employer as well as more motivation and UKWA will promote Evenbreak to its membership through various channels.”

Appropriately Evenbreak itself is run by disabled people and therefore has staff who understand both the sometimes erroneous public perception of various disabilities and the insecurity which a disablement can bring. Evenbreak director, Jane Hatton comments:

“By advertising their vacancies on the Evenbreak job board, inclusive employers will attract disabled candidates that they may not find through any other recruitment channels, while disabled jobseekers can be confident that employers who have chosen to place their vacancies on this site are serious about looking beyond their disabilities to identify what skills they have to offer.

“By promoting a positive image of disabled people in employment and the benefits of employing disabled people we also hope to balance out some of the current negative and inaccurate, portrayals of disabled people in the media.”