Watford’s MP has welcomed the fact that more than 30 local companies have registered to be “Disability Confident” ahead of an upcoming jobs fair.

In support of a Government initiative, Richard Harrington has written to every employer that will be attending the jobs fair on September 1, asking them to register with the scheme.

More than 7 million people of working age in the UK are disabled or have a health condition.

Disability Confident is about getting employers to think differently about disability and to take action to improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers. 

Employers can become Disability Confident by recruiting and retaining disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent.

Nationally, more than 3,800 businesses have signed up to become Disability Confident so far, including Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Leavesden.

Dan Dark, managing director at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, said: “The Disability Confident programme offers a practical framework to help businesses employ people with a health condition. 

“We are delighted to have become members and will be working alongside partners in the community to commit to the programme.”

Mr Harrington added: "On visits to businesses in Watford, I've had the pleasure of meeting so many passionate and driven disabled people who've been given a chance, and gone above and beyond what the employer expected.

“I am supporting the Government's campaign because I want more employers to have the confidence to offer these chances and reap the benefits. Being Disability Confident could help you discover someone your business just can’t do without.”

You can claim your free ticket to the Watford Jobs Fair online at www.watfordjobsfair.co.uk