Gosport MP hosts event to encourage businesses to take on disabled job seekers.

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage will host an event to encourage businesses to take on disabled jobseekers.

The Disability Confident event is run in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions and will be held at St Vincent College, Gosport from 10.30am until 2pm today.

It is designed to break down the barriers which prevent many disabled people from getting into the workplace, while challenging negative attitudes towards disability.

Speakers include former The Apprentice contestant, Pamela Uddin who is dyslexic and dyspraxic, Disability Confident employer Barclays and representatives from Jobcentre Plus and Remploy.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘With an employment gap between disabled and non-disabled people of approximately 30 per cent, it’s clear that we must take action to help disabled people get into the workplace.

‘This event is a great opportunity for businesses to learn about the importance of being a disability-confident employer and make pledges so their organisation can become more accessible.’