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You are invitAn image shows a young man in a red tie working with a woman who is his supervisor. She is showing him some details on a mobile device and he is taking notes. The image says New Ways to Recruit and retain staff in 2023, 24 April 2023, 8.30am - 1.30pm. The image also shows a picture of Mike Adams, OBE, founder of purple tuesday.ed to attend a free event for employers, organisations, and charities to find out about alternative ways of recruiting and retaining staff.

When: 24 April 2023

Time: 8.30am – 1pm

Venue: Exeter Racecourse

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 Helen Hart (Projects and Commercial Opportunities Manager) from Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

Find out about the Local Skills Improvement Plans (LSIPs)

Why Disability Matters: Top down. Bottom up. Inside out. Outside in. The approach to creating a disability inclusive organisation. What does this mean for the workplace and recruitment practice. Mike will share his own lived experience, and the practical hints, tips and must dos to enable all organisations to be accessible.

  • Dr Daniel Derbyshire (Research Impact Manager) from University of Exeter

Inclusivity Project

Discussion Groups – sign up for 2

Post covid there is a heightened sense of awareness amongst employees about who they work with and for – this isn’t just in terms of brands, but also the values that organisations demonstrate and their environmental and social activity.  Candidates (from a recruitment perspective) are much more discerning and actively ask questions about the business, the culture and the ethos that sits in an organisation.  Culture isn’t changed, it develops over time through the ways of working within a business.  In this session, we’ll explore how a positive, inclusive culture can impact your ability to recruit and retain great candidates for your business.

  • Differences in our wiring: Flipping the narrative – Alex Kelly from Way Makers

What comes to mind when we think of neurodiverse differences such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia or dyspraxia? And when we look at how these differences are often described, do you see a person’s strengths and abilities more than their support needs? As long as neuro-differences remain framed in negative language, employers may not have the tools nor the enthusiasm to reach and welcome a neurodiverse workforce.

This discussion group, led by an adult with ADHD, will encourage a healthy and open dialogue around some of the common strengths and abilities to be found in our neurodifferent population, and how we can best support some of the common needs that arise.

We’ll be steered by what you bring to the room!

  • Reaching a wider jobs market: Inclusive recruitment with Amanda Campbell – Supported Employment Consultant

The workshop will look at how you can make your recruitment process more inclusive from writing the job description through to the interview.  We will work together on ideas around each step on the inclusive pathway to employing new members of staff.

  • Being a mindful manager – Andrea Adey Mindful Employer
    • Are you keen to retain and support your valued employees with their mental health and wellbeing?
    • Are you not sure exactly how to have those delicate conversations?
    • Can you spot the signs and symptoms of poor mental health?

Mindful employer (established 2004) has a long history of empowering employers across the nation to take the lead on matters of workplace mental health and wellbeing. As a part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, mindful employer and its services are administered by a team of mental health and employment professionals.

Come along to our 30-minute session to find out more….

Access to Work (A2W) is a Department for Work and Pension (DWP) grant scheme which provides money to help people with a disability or long term health condition stay in work to do their job. Because it is a grant it does not have to be paid back and can help employers meet the costs of reasonable adjustments if these are required.

Networking breakfast and lunch

Join us for breakfast and lunch and network with other employers and our speakers, as well as our mini-market place with organisations that can help you get started with alternative ways of recruiting and retaining staff.

This event is run by Devon County Council and Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.

Questions about the event? Email: beready@devon.gov.uk