Supported Employment promotes the rights of all individuals to achieve their full potential through a model of flexible support that enables people to overcome barriers to their employability and access real jobs for real pay.
The Scottish Business Diversity Awards were announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Thursday, November 29. The winning employers in this year's Scottish Business Diversity Awards were Floods Inn from Leven, Fife, and Haggs Castle Golf Club in Glasgow.
Other employers that won gold were NHS Dumfries and Galloway who won the Diversity of the Year award and Annan Can re Furnish which was the Work Initiative of the Year.
Lindsey Scott, a single mother with sight loss, won 'Employee of the Year'. She works as team leader for the charity RNIB Scotland's café Tiki facility in Forth Valley Sensory Centre in Camelon.
Lindsey said: "I am proud and delighted to have won this award. I'm very grateful to RNIB Scotland for giving me this opportunity to prove that someone with sight loss can achieve in the workplace."
Kate Storrow, chair of the Scottish Union of Supported Employment who have organised today's event, said: "The Scottish Business Diversity Awards 2012 celebrate the efforts of firms and supported employment providers who strive to open up their recruitment practices to people traditionally disadvantaged in the labour market.
"They highlight people and organisations which ensure that inclusive employment is a goal worth achieving for the person with a disability or health issue; for the organisation that offers them employment, and for the economic success of Scotland as a whole."
The Scottish Business Diversity Awards 2012 were sponsored by Fife Council Social Work Service, Shaw Trust, Momentum Skills, Capability Scotland, RNIB Scotland and Insight Radio.