Coun­cil­lor high­lights em­ploy­ment scheme

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A Trossachs coun­cil­lor de­liv­ered a speech at the re­cent Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence de­tail­ing a project he de­vised to en­cour­age em­ploy­ers to take on peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

Stir­ling coun­cil­lor Jeremy McDon­ald (pic­tured at the con­fer­ence) has come up with The Work Abil­i­ties Por­tal as a “one stop shop”for all in­for­ma­tion and sup­port needed by em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees for any­one with a dis­abil­ity or men­tal ill­ness.

He told the con­fer­ence in Birm­ing­ham:“Help­ing peo­ple max­imise their po­ten­tial and the search for work is not al­ways easy.

“If you have a dis­abil­ity, vis­i­ble, in­vis­i­ble, men­tal or phys­i­cal, if some­one re­lies on you for their care needs, you have had trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences in the mil­i­tary, or be­ing in care hasn’t fully equipped you for work, the chal­lenges are mas­sive.

“The ex­cel­lent Dis­abil­ity Con­fi­dent scheme gets em­ploy­ers to em­ploy and ac­tively sup­port dis­abled col­leagues but some­thing is miss­ing. My so­lu­tion is the Work Abil­i­ties Por­tal – a dig­i­tal data­base that is free, na­tional and up­dated by spe­cial­ist char­i­ties and or­gan­i­sa­tions that un­der­stand these chal­lenges best.

“With use­ful in­for­ma­tion, case stud­ies, tools and ex­am­ples of best prac­tice, a re­source for em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees to re­duce blunt un­help­ful Google searches and in­crease un­der­stand­ing and sup­port.

“This not only ben­e­fits em­ploy­ees, it ben­e­fits em­ploy­ers to get more en­gaged and pro­duc­tive em­ploy­ees.”

This week Cllr McDon­ald told the Ob­server he wanted to take the op­por­tu­nity of the na­tional con­fer­ence to pro­mote his scheme.

He added:“It could make a real dif­fer­ence to how ef­fec­tive busi­nesses can be at sup­port­ing any­one with a dis­abil­ity

“It’s a prac­ti­cal way to help peo­ple and I will do my best to get UK, Scot­tish and lo­cal gov­ern­ments in­ter­ested.”

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