New funding of £1 million will help employers with support and advice to enable more disabled people to move into work, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
Disabled people make up 20% of Scotland’s population, but only 11% of the private sector workforce and 11.7% of public sector staff.
The funding will help:
- promote the benefits to employers of recruiting disabled people as part of a more diverse workforce.
- encourage employers to support disabled people through offering work experience, paid internships and more access to Modern Apprenticeships.
- ensure employers – particularly those in SMEs – have access to up to date, accurate advice and support when seeking to recruit disabled people.
The First Minister also announced a consultation on setting public sector bodies targets for employing disabled people. This will be followed by a Disability Employment Action Plan in autumn 2018 containing measures to support many more disabled people into work.