Many members tell us that recruiting the right staff is difficult. There is a team at Kent County Council who can help with this – the Kent Supported Employment team.
“There are 810,000 job vacancies across the UK at the moment and we don’t have the people to fill them,” says Paul Andrews, CEO of JobsinKent.com and the FSB Kent Lead on Skills and Education.
“The Kent Supported Employment team help small businesses fill this recruitment gap by finding you a suitable candidate with additional needs. It may be someone with Asperger’s or a learning disability who on initial application you wouldn’t consider – but this person could be just the one to get your data and accounts in order.”
More than 50 businesses heard from successful candidates and managers of the KSE team at an event at County Hall this March, led by Paul Andrews.
The Kent Supported Employment team work closely with businesses to make sure that a suitable new members of staff is recruited. There are four steps to the process:
1. Contact Kent Supported Employment team about your vacancy
2. They will help you advertise the role in a disability friendly way – they may already have a potential candidate or two
3. They will help you with the interview process
4. Upon finding a successful candidate, they will come to your place of work to help your new member of staff settle in
One business who has used their services said: “"Over the past three years we have had support from KSE and employed several people with a disability working in our production facility.
One such employee with Autism, who started as a casual worker, has now been employed with us for over two years. He is a valued and reliable member of staff assisting our maintenance manager on the factory floor and looks after the grounds around the building."
Find out more via www.kent.gov.uk/jobs/helping-disabled-people-into-work