In November, Walsall Council hosted an event to bring together socially-conscious employers and local people with disabilities.
Many employers have pro-active recruitment policies to help people with disabilities, health issues or other conditions to join their teams. Supporting these groups to enter the workforce can raise team morale, widen the talent pool and increase diversity.
To make this recruitment easier, Walsall Council’s Walsall Works team hosted the Inclusion 2020 jobs fair at the Council House. The event was designed to be different to typical recruitment events, with a calmer atmosphere intended to make it more comfortable for attendees and give them the time to present their skills and abilities to prospective employers.
Exhibitors at the event included Barhale Construction, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, whg and SPR. This allowed for a diverse range of opportunities, each one with the necessary flexibility that would suit people with different needs and conditions. There were also work placements on offer to help unemployed people looking to increase their experience.
Pete Green, from Adult Social Care in Walsall supported David, one of his team’s clients, at the event and was pleased with the level of support available. “It was great for David to be able to meet with many different companies and talk about their IT vacancies. He has now progressed into a job and it all started with the contacts he made at inclusion 2020”
Inclusion 2020 was one of the council’s initiatives to promote and encourage social value activity from local businesses and organisations.
There are many types of CSR activity taking place across the borough and these are recognised through the Walsall Works Partner Awards, which celebrate the commitments made by employers and represent a quality mark for the delivery of social value.
The next Inclusion 2020 event will take place in the spring next year and employers looking to exhibit or for wider recruitment support can contact the Walsall Works team on 01922 654353 or via email@example.com.