Boosting Job Prospects for Disabled People
6 July 2017
Campaign to tackle employment barriers.
Businesses throughout the country are being encouraged to
recognise the many benefits of employing people with
Only around 40% of working age disabled adults are in
employment, compared with more than 80% of adults with no
disability. A campaign is underway to redress the balance,
which is targeted at small and media sized enterprises (SMEs) and
highlights information and support on how to access this untapped
Meanwhile, an internship programme for disabled people run by
Inclusion Scotland will be opened up to SMEs for the first time,
creating new avenues of work experience in the private sector.
Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman launched the campaign
while visiting Haggs Castle Golf Club in Glasgow, one of the
employers being highlighted for their commitment to employing
Ms Freeman said:
"This important campaign seeks to dispel the myths - that
employing disabled people is too costly, too difficult or will
affect profitability. The reality is disabled people have a wealth
of skills and talents which are too often unnoticed or ignored.
"Disabled people should have equal access to employment
opportunities and we are committed to reducing the employment gap
by at least half. Their skills, hard work and commitment are
valuable to any employer - and with practical and financial support
available to businesses it just makes sense to recruit from the
widest talent pool possible."
Employability Minister Jamie Hepburn added:
"People with disabilities already make a significant
contribution to our economy, however far too many simply aren't
given the opportunity. Businesses risk missing out on talent
that can add real value to their organisations, which is an issue
we must address.
"By highlighting the clear benefits of diverse recruitment
practices, we believe more small business can help ensure a greater
proportion of disabled people can become valued employees. I would
encourage all SMEs to get involved and find out more."
Tracey Morgan Clubhouse Manager at Haggs Castle Golf Club
"I would definitely encourage other small companies to employ
people with disabilities - there is someone out there for your
business. It may require small adjustments to your workplace, but
it is not a difficult process."
Eddie McGinlay, who has autism and mild learning difficulties,
is an employee with Haggs Castle Golf Club. He said:
"My employer is great. I've had the opportunity to develop my
skills and work my way up. I would say to anyone in the same
position, don't give up, there's so much support out there and
employers are looking for someone like you."
The one-month campaign includes dedicated media and social media
output as well as online
resources for employers and disabled people.
The employment rate for disabled people (aged 16-64) is
41.7%, which compares to 81.5% for non-disabled people.
Inclusion Scotland will carry out initial assessments and
appraisals for internship candidates and will provide on-going
support through the lifetime of the internship, which will involve
Scotland for Disabled People sets out more than 20 actions that
the Scottish Government will take to address the disability
Source - The Scottish Government