More MS news articles for July 2001

New website aims to better disabled job prospects

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Posted: 02.07.2001

A website has been launched that uses new technology to assist disabled job-seekers find employment.

jobability.com is the result of a partnership between the Leonard Cheshire charity, Microsoft UK and on-line recruitment company totaljobs.com. Their aim is to help break down some of the barriers which can prevent disabled people finding the right job.

The website, which went online on June 25, contains job vacancies entered by employers who are committed by the Disability Discrimination Act to employing disabled people.

The site offers support and advice on a variety of employment issues and every respondent who meets job-requirements is guaranteed an interview.

Bryan Dutton, Director General of Leonard Cheshire, said: "For three years our Workability scheme, supported by Microsoft, has given disabled people computers and access to training via a virtual college. Currently 1,000 people a year are joining the scheme. However, we have found that many people still have a lack of confidence when applying for jobs.

"We hope that this site will encourage more people to apply for a greater range of jobs as well as encouraging employers to make their work places and practices ever more accessible -beyond basic legal requirements."

Chairman of the Disability Rights Commision, Bert Massie commented: "This is an exiting use of technology which will create better employment prospects for diabled people and give employers an information point about employing them."

Web address: www.jobability.com.