ecdp and Barclays jointly host disability confident briefing for local businesses

‘It shows the enthusiasm and commitment of the business community in Essex, to come together on such an important topic. Disabled people are potential employees, employers and customers, and partnerships between organisations across all sectors will give Essex a competitive edge.’ - Mike Adams OBE, CEO of ecdp

On 12 September 2013, ecdp and Barclays joined forces to support local businesses to become more disability confident. ecdp has a track record in promoting employment opportunities for disabled people in Essex, and ensuring disabled customers are treated equally.

Staff attendees at ecdp and Barclays event, 12 September 2013

This briefing encouraged companies to develop an understanding of how to increase their market share to the 350,000 disabled people in Essex, with a spending power of around £280 million.

Mike Adams, ecdp’s CEO, was delighted with the level of engagement with businesses.

Participants also discovered more about ecdp Works, a bespoke six week work placement programme which supports businesses to employ disabled people confidently. In partnership with the private sector group MITIE and Jobcentre Plus, ecdp delivers ecdp Works, offering unemployed disabled individuals the opportunity to participate in meaningful work placements and improve their confidence and well-being as a concrete pathway to permanent employment.

The event included lived experience testimonials from Barclays employee, Paul Findlay, and ecdp Works participants Leanne Morley and Sam Miller. Mandy Cross, HR Advisor at Greenfields Community Housing Ltd, also spoke about the ecdp Works programme from an employers’ point of view.

Photograph, from left to right: Jason Falkingham, Head of Essex, Barclays; Mike Adams OBE, CEO of ecdp; Paul Findlay, Security Technology Manager, Barclays; Pat Gaudin, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, ecdp

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