Improving Lives: Transforming Disability Employment

Confirmed to Speak:

  • Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer, Business Disability Forum
  • Sam Windett, Head of Policy and Communications, ERSA
  • Tom Hicks, Head of Communications and Policy, Remploy
  • Teresa Scott, CEO, Kennedy Scott
  • Philip Connolly, Policy and Development Manager, Disability Rights UK
  • Clare Gray, Disability Advocacy Adviser, Shaw Trust
  • Geraldine Scott-Smith, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Pluss


Only half of disabled people are in work. To combat this, the government has announced a new strategy to ensure more disabled people are employed. Improving Lives: The Future of Work, Health and Disability outlines the government’s aims to break down employment barriers for disabled people and people with long term health conditions over the next 10 years.

Attend this timely Westminster Briefing to gain a comprehensive overview of the government’s plans to get a million more disabled people into work, consider how it affects you and learn from good practice case studies.

Key Issues to be Addressed:

  • Comprehensive overview of the government’s new disability employment strategy
  • How is the strategy different from previous initiatives and what does it mean for disabled people?
  • Update on the Work and Health Programme and its impact on disabled people
  • Job readiness: ensuring disabled people are fully prepared for the workplace
  • The role of Jobcentre Plus in delivering tailored support
  • Making sure disabled people find roles that are appropriate and contain the right level of support
  • Helping employees return to work after a period of long term illness
  • The expansion of Disability Employment Advisors and new Community Partners and their role
  • Building skills through part-time work, training and apprenticeships
  • Exploring best practice in disability employment
  • Working in partnership: Collaborative joined up working with local partners, local authorities, charities and employers

 About the Event:

The morning session will aim to provide an up-to-date brief on the government’s new disability employment strategy. Delegates will look at current policy reforms and future changes, in order to improve their plans for disability employment.

The afternoon session will focus on learning from good practice. Case studies of effective working will be shared for delegates to take back and use in their own roles.

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from all those who work in supporting people with disabilities and health conditions into employment, including: welfare, revenue & benefit officers; Jobcentre representatives; benefit advisers; housing associations and providers; childcare teams; welfare to work services and contractors; employers; advice & support groups; local authorities; skills & training providers; and third sector organisations.


For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

Wednesday 21st February 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)


Charities/Not-for-Profit | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each

Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each

Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each

Above prices exclude VAT

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