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On Thursday 10th May 2018 the This-Ability Partnership will host an evening dinner and awards ceremony at the KCOM Stadium, to recognise and celebrate the great strides local employers have taken to access ability.

Special guest Broadcaster and Journalist Alex Brooker will be giving a humorous talk on the subject of disability. Along with local and national ambassadors of disability equality.

Employers from across the Humber region have been exploring different ways to recruit and retain disabled talent with great success. The event aims to celebrate Disability Confident businesses and the people that go the extra mile to support the campaign in creating a more inclusive labour market.

Andy Crossland, Chief Executive Officer at Humber Learning Consortium (HLC), the lead partner of the This Ability partnership, spoke about the importance of employers being more disability confident and the benefits of recruiting those who have a hidden or physical disability. He said:

“This celebration event is about continuing to raises awareness, it’s about inclusivity. Having people working with us who have learning disabilities or differences breaks down barriers, otherwise you become a group of very similar people, with very similar skills and that’s quite boring frankly.”

The partnership has received nominations from businesses of all sizes from across a range of sectors. Including large organisations such as Smith and Nephew, and smaller organisations like MPH Fulfilment, based in Hull. These companies have demonstrated how easy to is to access a much richer wider talent pool.

Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) commented on the work that the LEP has done to support the Humber This-Ability Partnership:

“The LEP has always supported the work that the partnership stands for. In the past we have worked closely with the partnership, and have provided work experience for individuals with learning disabilities and barriers. We fully support inclusivity in the Humber and these awards are the perfect opportunity to raise awareness within the region, and to celebrate the work being done thus far businesses and the This-Ability Partnership.”

Marc Henderson, the Company Director, at MPH Fulfilment who has actively recruited Katie, a young person with Autism and a learning difficulty, said:

“If I can show that I have somebody working on a busy factory floor, that is not slowing us down or creating any issues, then hopefully that will translate to other businesses.”

The Awards are being sponsored by Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, East Riding Clinical Commissioning Group, KCOM Stadium and the Humber Learning Consortium’s Barbara Haigh Fund. The categories are: Most Inclusive Large Employer, Most Inclusive Small Employer, Employee Award, Employee Support Award, Most Influential Employer and Partnership Award.

The This-Ability partnership was established in 2016 and is funded by the Big Lottery Project, Talent Match Humber. The partnership, which is made up of a consortium of local stakeholders, recognised that employers need more support to become confident when recruiting people who have a disability, learning difference or long-term conditions.

It aims to streamline the support available to business and raises awareness of the disability employment gap. It is a one-stop-shop for business, providing advice and support around becoming disability confidence. More information about the partnership can be found at:

If you would like to attend, please contact Chantelle Snee or Katie Freeman on T. (01482) 327438 or M. 07867804459.