Employers ‘waking up’ to benefits of employing disabled workers

Recently released figures show that 973,000 more disabled people are in work since 2013.

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show more than half of disabled people are now in work, outnumbering those who are not in work. Official figures also show that one in five new enterprise business start-ups are run by disabled entrepreneurs.

Shelforce is one such employer in the glazing industry, with 75% of its workforce disabled. The Eurocell fabricator supplies local authority building projects nationally.

Howard Trotter, general manager at Shelforce, said: “What these figures show is that employers are waking up to the fact that disabled workers are hugely talented and can really help boost businesses.

“It’s great to hear that attitudes are changing across the country as workplaces become more inclusive. It is great to see hundreds of thousands more disabled people are benefitting from new career opportunities.

“We’ve benefitted hugely from the inbuilt resilience of disabled workers throughout our long history. They overcome bigger obstacles every day than many of us will face in a year – and that means they’ve got a toughness and a determination that’ll see them through any business or production issue in the workplace.

“They make exceptionally loyal, dedicated, hard-working employees in this and any other industry, so why wouldn’t you want to pick from a huge talent pool?”

To continue these values, Shelforce is set to open a dedicated training facility at their factory in Erdington to provide regular work experience placements for students from nearby schools, including special needs schools.