MORE than 3,000 employers in the North West have signed up to a government scheme to support disabled workers.

Latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions reveal that 3,054 employers are participating in the Disability Confident scheme.

The initiative champions inclusive employment and encourages businesses to recruit and retain disabled people.

An additional 315 Disability Employer Advisers (DEA) are being taken on by Jobcentres across the country to offer the right support to clients who have a disability or a health condition.

Brian Thompson, a DEA based in Bolton, said: “My role is to help disabled customers or those with a health condition reach their full potential.

“As a DEA, I want to go that extra mile by providing a service tailored to the individual, so they are properly supported to take the next steps whether that’s through employment or training, irrespective of any barriers.”

Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said: “I know the value of having a diverse and inclusive workforce, so it is fantastic to see so many employers across the North West become Disability Confident. I would encourage other organisations, big or small, to follow their example and help disabled people unlock their full potential.

“Disabled people will not be left behind as we build back fairer. We are committed to seeing one million more disabled people into work by 2027 and as we recover from the pandemic we are redoubling our efforts to boost the support for disabled jobseekers.”