Businesses across Worcestershire are invited to attend the launch of the Charter for Inclusive Growth, a new venture which encourages businesses across the county to take on employees who need more support; including those with physical or learning disabilities, the long term unemployed, ex-offenders and young people with no work experience.
The Charter is supported by Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Over 50 people from local businesses and charities are already confirmed to attend the launch on Friday 30 September at Worcestershire County Cricket Club between 8.00–9.30am, with spaces still available.
The event will provide an insight into inclusive employment and explain the benefits for employees and for employers. It will be opened by Robin Walker MP and Kathleen Sandford, the winner of the 2016 National Intermediate Apprentice of the Year Award. Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire LEP and Mike Ashton, Chief Executive of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce will also address attendees. At the event, guests will hear directly from employees and businesses who have benefitted from inclusive employment, including Sandy Bannister, Corporate Equality and Diversity Manager at Worcestershire County Council and Cornel Hrisca-Munn, Business Development Executive at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Stansfeld, Chair of Worcestershire LEP, said:
“Thriving business growth creates innovative benefits for employees as well as employers. While Worcestershire’s employment rates are above the national average, inclusive employment is vital to lower unemployment rates further and provide opportunities for all of the County’s workforce. The Worcestershire Inclusive Growth event will launch a new Charter and showcase small and large businesses already hiring and supporting people with extra challenges to be part of our growing prosperity. I encourage local businesses to attend and find out more about how they can benefit.”
Places on the event are limited. To secure a free place, email Sophia Haywood, Policy Executive at Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com or visit www.hwchamber.co.uk/events.