A COMMUNITY centre and two supermarkets have seen their efforts to encourage and employ disabled people acknowledged.
Neston Community Youth Centre came runner-up in the Workability Plus Employer of the Year category of the Positive Awards for Business run by Cheshire West and Chester Council. Iceland, Ellesmere Port also won the Supported Employment – Large Business Award for its employment of disadvantaged people.
The new Sainsbury’s store in Neston was named Workabilty Response Employer of the Year.
More than 20 Cheshire-based businesses and voluntary organisations were recognised for the excellent practice they have demonstrated in the recruitment, employment, training and work opportunities provided to disabled and disadvantaged people who often face barriers in securing employment.
The awards, which took place in Chester, recognise some of the excellent businesses in Cheshire who have demonstrated how they have worked effectively with agencies such as Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Employment Development Team and Jobcentre Plus.
The overall winner of the Cheshire Positive Awards for Business 2010 was the Countess of Chester Voluntary Service.
Councillor Herbert Manley, executive member for Prosperity which includes Regeneration, said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council is proud of working so closely to help find job opportunities for disabled or disadvantaged people with employers who value the commitment they make to the workforce.
“The awards ceremony shows the commitment local businesses have to Cheshire West and Chester Council's Employment Development programmes and competition continues to grow.”