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Essex Unite

ecdp and JCP working together

Presented by: Paschal Kane, Samantha Greenwood

(Essex Coalition of Disabled People)

Established 1995 30 FTE, nearly 1.5M turnover 100% Board Members have a selfdeclared impairment Over 50% of our team have a selfdeclared impairment

To enhance the lives of disabled people in Essex and beyond. Our aim is to empower disabled people to have independence, choice, flexibility and control.

Everyone should have the right to work

Disabled people are more likely to be unemployed than non disabled people, and those who are employed are paid less on average, than non disabled people?

Only half of disabled people of working age are in work (50%), compared with 80% of non disabled people There are currently 1.3 million disabled people in the UK who are available for and want to work Nearly one in five people of working age (7 million, or 18.6%) in Great Britain have a disability

Who are MITIE?

Established 1987 Outsourcing and energy services UK FTSE 250 Business Revenues of 2.8 bn Currently employs 63,000 plus staff

Why employ a disabled person?

Disabled people make good, dependable employees

Why employ a disabled person?

Disabled people are more likely to stay on the job
Do our disabled workers show up every day, and are they great with other staff and with customers? Yes. They have a tremendous benefit for our business. John Kubas, Carls Jr. restaurant

Why employ a disabled person?

Disabled people are an often untapped resource of skills and talents
People with disability are a resource of abilities, of willpower - they are real economical and social actors Paul Dubrulle, President of the ACCOR hotels group

Why employ a disabled person?

Disabled people have insight into an overlooked and multibillion dollar market segment
The annual disposable income of disabled persons is estimated to be US$200 billion in the United States, US$50 billion in the United Kingdom and US$25 billion in Canada.

Why employ a disabled person?

Its good for business
The ethical dimension of our firm, perceptible by our employees, must also be felt by our guests. Wendy Crudele, Disneyland Human resources vice-director

What is Essex Unite?

A bespoke peer to peer work experience programme. 18 candidates 8 weeks training including a 6 week work placement 3 month peer to peer support post training programme

18 disabled individuals ready for permanent employment with current work experience, development of soft/hard skills and a reference (from the work placement).

ecdp / MITIE offer

Intensive training courses Interviews and vetting On sight support Mentor training 3 month post programme support Access to work support Evaluation Process

Where did Essex Unite come from ?

Real Apprentice MITIE European Award Winners for Innovation BITC

Partnership Fantastic Partnership offering from a private and 3rd sector party First of its kind Following on from the success of the Real Apprentice


Contact details
ecdp Ivan Peck House 1 Russell Way Chelmsford CM1 3AA

01245 214 011- Paschal Kane (Director ecdp) Email: pkane@ecdp.co.uk Web: www.ecdp.org.uk

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