Managers and business owners are being challenged to swap the coffee machine for the milking parlour on 3 July, when SEQOL holds another networking event down on the farm.
SEQOL energy2work’s Ann King and Enterprise Works’ Jeanette Grant and their colleagues are hosting a morning of fun country pursuits, so that business people can get to know each other in a less traditional networking setting.
The event also helps businesses learn more about SEQOL’s work in encouraging employers to consider employing people with disabilities, and will also showcase the high quality, competitively priced timber and garden products that SEQOL Enterprise Works produces and sells.
The Connect in the Country event, which is entirely sponsored by The Affinity Partnership Assets’ networking organisation Connect and Grow, is becoming famous for its informality, and during the session even the most urban of delegates soon learn how to herd ducks through an obstacle course, to milk artificial cows, take a wheelbarrow challenge, race sheep, build a scarecrow from scratch and to recognise – and obey – a shepherd’s whistled commands.
Ann says the event is becoming legendary in persuading senior executives wanting to leave their desks, use their brains in completely different ways, and build useful new business relationships, as well as understand a little more about the benefits that employees with disabilities can bring to a company or organisation.
“There are many positives associated with employing people with learning disabilities,” says Ann. “People with learning disabilities are often very efficient employees, and many are competent in a range of quite complex procedures. They can also prove to have untapped talent which is appropriate for hard-to-fill vacancies, and there are also often substantial recruitment cost savings to be had, as people with learning disabilities generally tend to remain in post longer. And SEQOL energy2work and Enterprise Works arer with the employer all the way, offering free advice, support or adjustments needed to make the placement or recruitment successful."
The Connect in the Country event will take place at Pear Tree Farm, Chelworth, Cricklade on Wednesday 3 July.
Pre-booking is essential. For more information contact Ann King on 01793 463354 or email email@example.com