The EFL Trust are proud to announce that they have achieved Level 1 of the Disability Confident scheme and are committed to the government’s objectives with regards increasing the number of disabled people in work. The scheme was launched in November 2016 and supports a commitment to having 1 million more disabled people in work by 2027.
There are over 7.6 million people of working age in the UK who are disabled or have a health condition. There has historically been a large gap between the numbers of disabled people employed compared with non-disabled people.
DWP has a vital role to play in supporting people with disability or longer term health conditions into or back into work.
There are clear positive outcomes from the scheme. For example, there were 3.9 million working age disabled people in employment in the UK in January to March 2019. This was an increase of 177,000 since last year (January to March 2018), and an overall increase of 947,000 since January to March 2014, the earliest comparable figure.
The EFL Trust joins over 5,000 employers in the scheme, all with the shared aim of improving support for people with disabilities or longer term health conditions into or back into work.
Achievement of level 1 of the scheme involves agreeing to the Disability Confident commitments and identifying positive action to be carried out that makes a difference for disabled people. The EFL Trust will be seeking Level 2 status in the near future.