St Johns Shopping Centre is championing disability opportunities in Liverpool by providing disability training for its management team.

The entire service team will take part in training sessions as part of the centre’s pledge to be a Disability Confident Committed employer.

St Johns is supporting an Initiative by DWP called ‘Disability Confident’, which is designed to help disabled people to achieve their full potential in good jobs and bring their skills and energy to workplaces.

It aims to ensure that the shopping centre is leading the way as an inclusive and accessible place for anyone with disabilities.

Neil Ashcroft, St Johns centre manager, said: “We are one of the biggest employers in the city and we are focused on promoting equality for all our staff as well as our customers.

“People with disabilities have a great deal to offer a business like ours and we want to encourage everyone to feel that they are a valued part of our team and really thrive here.”

By signing up to the Disability Confident Committed scheme, St Johns has pledged to promote vacancies to people with disabilities and offer interviews to suitable candidates.

It will also be giving ongoing support to current employees who acquire a long-term health condition or disability – including physical or mental health conditions – allowing them to keep on working.

Neil added: “We pride ourselves on being a community shopping centre for everybody, so it’s important for us to act on that and make sure we are inclusive and supportive of all our existing staff and anyone who might want to work with us in the future.

“We’re committed to recruiting the right people for St Johns, keeping them and developing them. We already work closely with Job Centre Plus in St Johns Market to offer our vacancies and with these training sessions on April 30 we will be promoting disability awareness throughout our team to really reinforce that message.”