SUSE Annual Conference 2024. Creating our Future; How Supported Employment can diversify Scotland's workplaces. The image in the left corner shows people smiling and clapping at a conference.

Tuesday 21st May
The Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel, Glasgow G81 4SA

Our theme was ‘Creating Our Future: How Supported Employment can Diversify Scotland’s Workplaces’.

It was a fantastic opportunity to bring together SUSE members, organisations and employers from across Scotland; all who are playing a major role in transforming Scotland’s workplaces and creating opportunities for disabled people.

The Conference Overview report will be sent to all delegates and a copy will be available here soon.

Sponsorship

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To make the day as inclusive, engaging and interactive as possible we welcome the support from this year’s Conference Sponsors:

  • Values Into Action Scotland
  • DFN Project Search
  • The Open University
  • SCLD
  • Brett Nicholls Associates
  • Unite Glasgow Not for Profit Sector
  • Cole AD
  • 50 Degrees
  • Fife Council’s Supported Employment Service

View the SUSE Sponsorship Brochure 2024  or to chat more about the options for 2025, please contact Fiona at fiona@susescotland.scot.

 

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The Conference Day

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Agenda:

9.00Registration Opens / Workshop Selection
9.15Morning Refreshments
9.45Welcome – David Cameron, CEO of SUSE
9.50Economic Outlook – Adam McGeoch, Bank of England
10.05Supported Employment Review – Boswell Mhonda, Scottish Government
10.30Keynote Speaker – Macdonald MacMillan Training
10.45Breakout Session – Workshops 1-3
11.45Refreshments
12.00Panel Discussion – What has NOLB meant for disabled people?
13.00Lunch and Networking
14.00Afternoon Plenary & Speaker – Why you askin’? Campaign
14.15Breakout Session – Workshops 4-6
15.15Refreshments
15.30Breakout Session – Workshops 7-9 (Conference closes after final session)

 

Speakers:

We are delighted to announce the following speakers:

  • Boswell Mhonda, from the Scottish Government’s Employability Division, will be providing an update on the Supported Employment Review.
  • Adam McGeoch, Deputy Agent for Scotland with Bank of England, will be presenting an economic and employment outlook.
  • Gary Macdonald and Diarmid MacMillan, Directors of Macdonald MacMillan Training will be providing our keynote speech.

 

Panel Discussion:

Where are we now? How is No One Left Behind (NOLB) supporting disabled people to achieve their potential?

Ian Bruce chaired the panel of experts as they discuss what NOLB has meant for disabled people and what’s next.

Joining Ian will be:

  • Charlie McMillan, Chief Executive, SCLD
  • Susie Donkin, Employability Partnership Manager, Improvement Service
  • Sarah McCulley, Service Manager, Falkirk Council Employment & Training Unit
  • Anne Shiels, Tackling Inequalities Lead, Scottish Government Employability Policy Team
  • Ashley Ryan, Director, Enable Works.

Workshops:

There were 9 workshops available during the Conference. Each delegate could choose 3 to attend.

Workshops were run by:

  • The University of Strathclyde
  • Diversity Scotland
  • Fraser of Allander Institute
  • Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work (CMHW)
  • The Open University
  • Age Scotland
  • 50 Degrees
  • CBTS Ltd.

Following the success of last year, we will also hold a Trailblazing Employers panel discussion. Delegates had the opportunity to listen to diversity and inclusion in practice directly from employers.

Find out more about each of our workshops and facilitators here.

 

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