Hiring people with disabilities makes sound business sense, says Government

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A COLLEGE student with cerebral palsy has bagged himself a job and is urging more employers to look positively at applications from people with disabilities.

Twenty-year-old Jake Andrews, whose condition affects his movement and balance, was put in touch with companies looking to recruit apprentices after being accepted on to a course run by Shipley College.

Jake applied for 40 jobs, and his perseverance paid off when, after two interviews, he was finally offered him an apprenticeship by Saltaire-based AdviserPlus. He works four days a week in its learning and development department and spends the other day at college.

“Apprenticeships are a really good way of getting disabled and young people the experience they need and helps with their prospects of employment,” he said.

“I didn’t feel that I had too much work pushed on me at the beginning, but have made progress, gradually getting more and more responsibility. It’s a great company to work for; there’s a lot of room for growth and improvement.”

Jake’s apprenticeship fits into a wider Government campaign to encourage employers to think positively about the prospect of employing disabled people. Disability Confident, which was launched last July, aims to convince businesses that employing people with disabilities makes sound business sense.