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World: Government encourages retail sector to become ‘disability confident’

Wed, 07 Feb 2018, 11:58 AM

Stacey Hailes, Professional Jeweler, 2 February 2018
The government is calling retailers in the UK to sign up to its new scheme which encourages businesses to employ disabled people in their ranks.
The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Sarah Newton, is fronting the new campaign and believes there is significant potential for disabled people to fill some of the estimated 123,000 vacancies currently existing in the retail and wholesale sector.
The government wants to see a million more disabled people in work by 2027 and believes the retail sector can benefit from signing up to its scheme.
Ms Newton said that disabled people can “bring a wealth of talent and different perspectives” to an organisation.
“Becoming Disability Confident sends a clear message to both colleagues and customers that retailers take inclusion seriously and value diversity,” said Ms Newton.
“We’ve made progress, but I want more retailers to sign up to improve equality of opportunity in this thriving sector and give more disabled people the chance of a fulfilling career.”
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