AN event encouraging businesses to consider employing young people with additional support needs has been hailed a success.
Run by DYW Moray, ‘A Job For Everybody’ was led by Victor West, managing director of Associated Seafoods, a company which is experienced in employing people with additional needs.
Victor spoke to the attendees about the logistics and ultimately the advantages of recruiting people who may need extra support and said he was pleased with the reception from the guests.
He said: “It was a brilliant event. We had a small number of attendees but it’s a niche subject and what that meant was that we had a room of people who were genuinely interested in learning more about employing people with additional support needs. It shouldn’t be something that people should struggle with or be worried about, but ultimately business owners can feel quite overwhelmed with legislation or changes they may need to make, hence why, with support of DYW Moray we felt it appropriate to host the event.”
Victor who also sits on the board of DYW Moray added: “Associated Seafoods employs a number of people with a range of different needs and requirements and we are very pleased to say that for us, it has been a very positive experience. What we have found is that whilst we have had to make investments initially to ensure our workforce is catered for in the right way, by doing this we have found that our team dynamic has changed, it has created efficiency, builds community and through all that, the investment is realised.”
The event was held in Moray College UHI with DYW Moray’s partner agency Moray Council Education Department.
Sarah Baxter, manager for DYW Moray which is a government funded agency with the aim of bringing educators, young people and employers together said: “’A Job for Everybody' is a national campaign and is all about raising awareness that there is a job for everybody, and young people shouldn’t feel restricted by perceived barriers or discrimination.”