Marks & Spencer (M&S)’s regional Office in Sri Lanka will host an event to celebrate the ‘Marks & Start’ disabled workers scheme on March 20 for disabled employees working at the M&S garment factories, the company said.
Marks & Start is M&S’s flagship community programme and is part of the group’s five year, 100 point 'Plan A' which addresses environmental and social issues, it said in a statement.
Marks & Start provides disadvantaged groups with an opportunity of work experience. In the UK a two to four week work placement is offered to disabled and homeless people, young unemployed and lone parents with 40% of them going on to get jobs with M&S or other groups within three months of completing the placement, the press release said.
As part of the Marks & Start International progarmme, M&S helps to train disabled people to work in its suppliers’ garment factories in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.
Since 2004 M&S has offered job opportunities to 114 disabled people in garment factories in Sri Lanka.