Councillor highlights employment scheme
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.”