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New employer service hub aims to improve opportunities and experiences

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Devon County Council has unveiled a new employer support service which it will launch next year, EastDevon News reports.

The “Be Ready” Employer Service Hub will support Purple Tuesday, an international call to action aiming to change the customer experience for people with disabilities. The council is working in collaboration with Jobcentre Plus on the initiative as part of its commitment to improving employment and customer experience opportunities for people with disabilities.

The free service, which is due to start in February, will provide: A call-back service to answer specific questions, an employer network to share knowledge and practical experience as well as an online resource about all aspects of disability and employment to help employers attract, recruit and retain people with a disability or long-term health condition, training, either delivered on-site (for larger organisations), or as a group bringing together smaller businesses, an opportunity to join the Disability Confident scheme to improve business reputation.

A number of focus groups for employers are being held in the coming weeks, asking employers for their ideas and feedback on what they need to enable them to recruit and employ more people with a disability or long-term health condition. A local workshops are planned for Exeter on Monday, December 2.

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