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Disability minister to open jobs conference

JustinTomlinson_MAINDISABILITY minister Justin Tomlinson is to open the Business Disability Forum’s 2016 conference which focuses on recruitment and retention of disabled employees.

The event will feature presentations from disability leaders, expert-led workshops and specialist speakers from the recruitment and employee development industry.

Key findings from the BDF’s 2015 ‘State of the Nation’ report have revealed that the three main barriers to the retention of disabled employees are:

  • Insufficiently skilled and confident line managers (53%).
  • Insufficient targeted development opportunities (33%).
  • Not enough awareness or visibility of disability in the workplace (40%).

Dr Nasser Siabi OBE, chief executive of the event sponsors, Microlink, said: “With the right systems, training and technologies in place, organisations can assist every employee to realise their full potential – improving both the lives of their staff, and their own efficiency and effectiveness.”

The conference will take place at the Royal College of Nursing on Wednesday 20 April.


Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit business consortium that represents some 300 organisations that employ 20% of the UK workforce.

Tel, 020-7403 3020


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