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1) Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey, right, with Samantha Mimms; 2) L-R: Beth Carruthers, Director of Employment Services, Remploy; Samantha Mimms; Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey; Jacki Connor, Sainsbury’s Director of HR, Retail and Lo

Jobs joy at Sainsbury’s in London

“Remploy was enormously supportive…” Rajesh Pindoriya

Remploy’s flourishing partnership with Sainsbury’s has helped more than 30 disabled people in London find work with the supermarket giant in less than two months.

They all received help from Remploy’s Southwark branch and are working as customer assistants at Sainsbury’s Local stores across the capital. Eleven candidates started work at a new Sainsbury’s Local in Fleet Street when it opened at the beginning of the year. Rajesh Pindoriya had been unemployed for almost a year following a kidney transplant. The 31- year-old, who also has a hearing impairment, is relieved to have work again after being forced to give up his previous job as an IT support engineer because of his health condition. “I found unemployment depressing, but Remploy was enormously supportive and I’m sure it was their relationship with Sainsbury’s that helped me get this job,” he said.

Sonea May, 27, has a neurological condition that causes her to have seizures. Despite having a string of qualifications including an honours degree in creative writing, she struggled to find work until she was referred to Remploy. “I know my disability was a major factor in my inability to get a job. In fact, one employer admitted it was the reason for turning me down, even though I pointed out it was against the law!” Fleet Street store manager Ash Patmar had no hesitation in turning to Remploy to fill vacancies. “I had worked with them when I was manager at another store in London and knew that the calibre of Remploy candidates was just what I was looking for.”

Remploy account manager Aniksha Patel added: “Altogether we have supported 36 candidates into work at five Sainsbury’s Local stores – and all within the space of three weeks. It’s a fantastic achievement that has helped transform the lives of people who faced some significant barriers to work. “The secret of our success is simple. We have a very close relationship with Sainsbury's in London. They trust us to provide job-ready candidates who want to work.”

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Remploy is the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services to people who experience complex barriers to work