Launch of the #SENDcareers Pledge and #WikiSucceed Tool

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Together, we can address the squeeze on talent and give 376,000 people with disabilities of working age, a vocation and purpose!

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In 2018, The Open University published its Business Barometer, highlighting a UK skills shortage that was costing organisations £6.3 billion. Many businesses have been forced to give up on finding appropriate talent, choosing either to hire at a lower level than intended (63%) or to leave the role vacant (51%). The OU July 2019 Business Barometer Report does not suggest any improvement over the last 12 months:

• 63 per cent of UK organisations are currently experiencing a skills shortage, up slightly from 62 per cent in 2018

• Many (68%) employers found that they were unable to find candidates who were suitable for vacant roles

• Over the past 12 months, it has taken employers nearly two months or longer to find workers with the right skills

And yet, we also see a rise in the number of individuals with disabilities of working age, who are economically inactive. At the same time as the Open University Report in 2018, the House of Commons published a briefing paper stating:

• There were an estimated 3.7 million people of working age (16-64) with disabilities in employment in January-March 2018, an employment rate of 50.7%. The employment rate for people without disabilities was 81.1%

• 376,000 people with disabilities of working age were unemployed. People with disabilities have an unemployment rate of 9.1%. The unemployment rate for people without disabilities was 3.6%

In other words, 3.3 million people with disabilities of working age were economically inactive in 2018. The briefing paper concluded that “the high rate of economic inactivity, alongside a higher unemployment rate, explains why people with disabilities have a low employment rate.”

#TeamADL are seeking to bridge this gap. To do so, they are launching, the #SENDCareers Pledge, alongside their solution Wiki Succeed for employers and businesses.

Director of #TeamADL, Anita Devi said, “Working in the field of special educational needs and disability, I meet a number of colleagues who all agree we need to provide more opportunities for those with disabilities. The question, everyone struggles with is how. This is where we believe Wiki Succeed can empower individuals and enable businesses to fill the skills gap. We tested the market in March 2019 at Network Rail with several stakeholders. The response was incredible from young people with disabilities to companies or those in employment looking to recruit. We believe Wiki Succeed will not only help with recruitment, but also retention and career progression.”

To find out more about #SENDcareers Pledge and Wiki Succeed join us at the Natwest Accelerator Hub in Milton Keynes on Tuesday 24th September 2019 17.00 – 18.30. The event coincides with National Inclusion Week.

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