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Did you know that Northern Ireland has the lowest rate of employment for people with disabilities in the UK and the highest disability employment gap (the difference between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people) in the UK? Almost a quarter of a million working-age adults in Northern Ireland are disabled - just over one-fifth of the working-age population.

The Department for Communities in collaboration with Ulster University Business School invites you to a co-design workshop on Friday 27 January 2023 to explore a new employer facing government scheme titled ‘Trust Inclusion’.

‘Trust Inclusion’ will aim to better support and enable employers of all sizes and industries to build their awareness of disability, understand and implement best practice in disability employment, and create more inclusive workplaces.

Co-design workshop

Hosted in Ulster University’s new Belfast campus, the Department for Communities is keen to hear from a diverse range of employers, people professionals, academics and students on their views and idea generation on core elements of Trust Inclusion to help shape the scheme for all.

This session will offer insight on a range of topics from lead government officials, covering:

  • The NI disability labour market picture
  • A future disability and work strategy for NI
  • Trust Inclusion concept and core components
  • Plenary discussions and QandA

Schedule (Provisional)

Provisional Schedule
9.30am – 10.00am Registration
10.00am – 10.10am Welcome
10.10am – 10.55am Strategic context and Trust Inclusion scheme overview
10.55am – 12.20pm Group Work 1
12.20pm – 1.00pm Lunch
1.00pm – 1.35pm Group Work 2
1.35pm – 2.15pm Group Work 3
2.15pm – 2.25pm Plenary Q&A
2.25pm – 2.30pm Close

Lunch will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to shape the future of people with disabilities in Northern Ireland.

Register to attend. Registration closes at 5pm on Tuesday 24 January 2023.

Event info

This event has ended

Friday 27 January

9.30am to 2.30pm

BC-00-306 and BC-00-307

Dr Paul Joseph-Richard MCIPD

Photography and Video at event