£1m to support Scottish employers

The Scotland First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced £1 million in new funding to support employers in recruiting disabled people.

Announcing the £1 million funding in Glasgow, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said supporting more disabled people into employment would help them fulfil their potential and benefit society. The funding will help ensure employers - particularly those in small and medium sized businesses - have access to up to date, accurate advice and support when seeking to recruit disabled people, and will encourage employers to support disabled people through offering work experience, paid internships and more access to Modern Apprenticeships.

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.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I do strongly believe that by working together with a very clear goal in mind we can significantly improve the opportunities and support for disabled people and in doing that we can ensure that more disabled people can contribute to and benefit from our country’s success, and in doing that we will help to make Scotland a fairer and more prosperous society.”

Source: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/nicola-sturgeon-announces-1m-fund...