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Golden opportunity for employers and people with disabilities at Build Charity's Norwich event

PUBLISHED: 09:16 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 02 November 2017

James Kearns from the Build Charity.
 Picture: ANTONY KELLY

James Kearns from the Build Charity. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

Businesses and people with disabilities will be brought together at a jobs fair with a difference in Norwich.

Training providers, colleges and employers will attend the Golden Futures event at the Forum on Friday, hosted by the Build Charity to mark its 50th anniversary.

The Norfolk based charity provides social, leisure and learning opportunities for people with sensory, physical or learning disabilities.

Its Golden Futures event aims to help employers think positively about employing people with disabilities and the contribution they can bring, and to help disabled people access advice and guidance to get them closer to the workforce.

National research shows less than half (46%) of working age adults with disabilities are in employment, compared with 84% of the general population.

The seminar has attracted the support and involvement of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce, Jobcentre Plus, Easton and Otley College, Norfolk County Council, Tesco and Serco. There will also be an information and advice market place supported by recruitment agency Rthirteen and other specialist service providers.

Employers and people with disabilities will speak about their mutual experiences, and will be joined by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith, from the Norwich for Jobs initiative, and the future leaders crew from Nelsonspirits.

James Kearns, chief executive of the Build Charity, said: “We have put together a great panel of speakers for the seminar with first hand experiences to share, to help our audience of employers to ignore their social responsibility credentials as a motivation to employ, but concentrate on getting the right people in the right jobs, focusing on ability, not disability.”

Chris Sargisson, chief executive of Norfolk Chamber, said: “Norfolk businesses are always looking for the best talent to help them grow, and sometimes that comes from places that are not always obvious.

“Norfolk Chamber would encourage its members to think positively about employing people with disabilities in roles that are right for the employee and right for the business.”

The seminar is free to businesses and training providers between 8.30am and 11.30am and the information and advice marketplace is open in the Forum from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

For more information go to www.buildcharity.co.uk/news-and-events or by calling 01603 618029.

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