Skillnet's Helena, Ann Marie and Teresa attended a Royal British Legion Industries event to discuss the disability employment gap at the Houses of Parliament, hosted by Liberal Democrat President Baroness Brinton.
Over 100 successful women, with and without disabilities spoke about the barriers that face people with disabilities face when getting into work and what needs to be done to open up opportunities for people and employers.
The day was fitting; held on the eve of International Women's Day, the point was raised that, where once women had to fight for the right to work, it is now people with disabilities who remain facing that same struggle in an age where this should no longer be an issue.
Penny Mourdant, the Minister of State for Disabled People, Work and Health spoke at the event and said that part of her strategy to support people into employment includes MP's being trained in being Disability Confident and they will then be speaking to employers in their local constituencies to encourage a more diverse workforce and to create opportunities.
Baroness Brinton, said that "disability employment is a key issue of our time. Speaking as a disabled person, I am incredibly frustrated about the amount of talent that employers are missing out on".
Skillnet Group offers Supported Employment and Supported Internships in East Kent and Medway. For more information please look at our website (www.skillnetgroup.co.uk) or contact Helena Jennings on 07921 040 027 or Gemma Cooper on 07966 017 585.