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Dumfries and Galloway bids to get more disabled people into work

Dumfries town centre Photo: ITV Border

Businesses and organisations across Dumfries and Galloway have been looking at ways to get more disabled people into work.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) hosted an event called Disability Confident to help employers take on disabled staff and realise their potential.

People with disabilities make up almost 20% of the working age population, many being highly qualified individuals.

Employers can be reluctant to employ them, missing out on a valuable pool of potential and skills.

Disability Confident showed employers the support that is available to them, and the success of local businesses which have helped disabled people gain employment.

The District Manager for the DWP west of Scotland said:

We've got so many different levels of support in engaging and getting employers to think a bit differently about how they use their recruitment processes to get the many talents people with disabilities have in their workforce.

What we've been trying to do is make people aware of the level of support that is out there - from DWP, from partners in local communities and from Disability Confident."

– Rhona Welch, District Manager, DWP