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London-based agency Work Club has launched an initiative in the UK, asking creative companies to take part in an employment disability scheme. Inspired by a national initiative in Australia, the programme aims to get every one of the 32,000+ creative companies across the country to employ someone with a disability by 2021.
The scheme, called Creative Spirit, has already received the support of 71 companies. A similar scheme has also been launched in New Zealand. Following Creative Spirit’s lead, Work Club has already recruited an autistic employee.
The scheme has been launched in the UK with the support and advice of the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE). BASE is a national trade association representing hundreds of agencies involved in securing employment for people with disabilities.
According to a Labour Force Survey, disabled people are now more likely to be employed then they were in 2002, but disabled people remain significantly less likely to be employed than non-disabled people. In 2012, 46.3% of working-age disabled people are in employment compared with 76.4% of working age non-disabled people. There is therefore a 30.1% gap between disabled and non-disabled people, equating to over 2 million people. The gap has reduced by -10% over the last 14 years and has remained stable over the last two years despite the economic climate.
People with disabilities remain a significantly un-tapped employment resource. For further information regarding this campaign, please click here.