Steps To EmploymentWritten by Shamari Steele
Did you know that one third of all employees are disabled or close to a disabled person?
Forming support networks is key in business and members of TUCO benefit not only from improved spending power, but are able to share best practice and knowledge from within the catering industry. In a similar fashion, St Loye’s Foundation has, for nearly 80 years also worked as part of a consortium to help and improve employment opportunities for disabled individuals.
Made up of four leading charities including St Loye’s Foundation, Steps to Employment has supported individuals into work through ongoing development, training and workplace support to give them independence and allow them to live a full and functional working life. The support works by sharing knowledge, working closely with partners and placing an emphasis on quality of service and delivering with integrity and commitment.
Sharing the values of TUCO members is just the beginning; we can support employers across the UK in their employment goals, from offering voluntary candidates through to paid employees as well as offering support in interviewing and hiring individuals with disabilities.
In a report by Tourism For All (April 2016) 88% of people working with a disabled colleague say that this experience “is enriching, likely to modify their opinion of disabled people and to give a new sense of value to their job.”
Access to Work funding from the Government means the reasonable adjustments can also gain funded support without the employer needing to pay. So, with the support available and your options when recruiting.