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Online service helps over a million disabled people

lady in a wheelchair at her office desk
lady in a wheelchair at her office desk Image credit: kwib.co.uk

Over a million disabled people have been supported by an online service to help them find employment in their local area.

The Support to Work initiative was launched by Scope in 2018, back then the scheme was extremely popular although this October saw a 236 percent rise in the number of people asking for advice in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The charity’s chief executive, Mark Hodgkinson, said: "Disabled people have been hit extremely hard by the pandemic and we've yet to feel its full economic fallout. Never have our employment support programmes been so badly needed."

Staff behind the scheme assist disabled people writing their CV and offering mock job interviews to give them the best possible chance to find work.

Due to the project’s success companies such as American Express, Ford and Virgin Media are just three of the 100 businesses which have jumped on board by promoting their Work With Me platforms.

Jeff Dodds, Virgin Media's chief operating officer, said: "It is an uncomfortable truth that huge numbers of disabled people continue to be left out of the workplace, with the Covid-19 crisis forcing even more disabled people out of work.

"Our Work With Me community has never been more important or timely; helping employers - no matter their size - to become more inclusive and supportive of disabled people.

"As a business leader I have seen first-hand the benefits of employing disabled people and how they have enriched our company with sought-after skills, from diversity of thought to problem-solving and creativity."

The disability employment gap has seen disabled people 30 percent behind non-disabled people for the past decade.