Career progression has improved among disabled people, according to new figures. Findings published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) suggest that disabled people are moving into jobs, training or work placements at a rate of more than 100 placements every working day, as part of the government’s drive to help more disabled people into work. The government’s campaign DisabilityConfident is part of the government’s long-term economic plan to build on the increasing employment rate for disabled people.
According to the figures of the study, more than 78,000 have been helped into work through the government’s package of employment support since 2011.
The Impact of Government’s Programme in Numbers
In brief, the government’s jobs support has brought about a positive change in disabled people’s employability and work placement; helping more than 40,000 people into lasting work.
- Nearly 21,000 disabled people Work Experience placements that have been taken up by disabled people, offering up to 8 weeks’ hands on practical experience in the world of work.
- More than 10,000 started sector-based work academies. These are targeted at jobseekers who want to work but lack experience enables people to make the first step onto the jobs ladder.
The minister of state for disabled people, Mike Penning said: "This government is determined to boost the employment rate for disabled people and is helping more and more people with a disability into work. Our measures are working to help people fulfil their potential…People with disabilities account for a fifth of the workforce and are tremendously valuable to the British economy – helping us compete in the global race".
Disabled People and Entrepreneurship
In the meantime, almost 6,000 enterprising disabled people set up their own business using the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA), which provides a grant and mentor to help new start-ups get off the ground. Along with the NEA, disabled entrepreneurs across the country get financial support for practical issues through the Access to Work grant which compensates them for specialised equipment, travel costs etc when setting up their business.
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the founder of Easyjet, stated that:
“Already over 100,000 disabled entrepreneurs employ an equivalent number of people in their business start-ups. This highlights the extraordinary strength of the entrepreneurial flair and talent amongst the disabled people of this country”.
He also underlined that:
“I encourage disabled people out there who have a germ of an idea for a business, but are unsure of how to go about it, to take advantage of the support the government has on offer to help you make your business fly”.
Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK rewards those with disabilities who are keen on developing exceptional entrepreneurial ideas in face of significant barriers.