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Published Thursday, 20th April 2017

Unemployed people with health conditions are being helped back into work thanks to a new service provided by Remploy.

Work Able Scotland is a new national service from the Scottish Government delivered locally by Remploy.

The voluntary programme will support people facing barriers to employment because of a health condition into work. 

Remploy will provide tailored support to individuals under Work Able Scotland.

Support from the service can include work experience; job taster sessions or volunteering and help to access health services, as well as money and housing advice.

Matthew Lancashire, Director at Remploy Scotland, said: “Work Able provides a real opportunity for Remploy Scotland to deliver on our mission to transform lives through quality, fair and sustainable employment. Working with our partners we will deliver an integrated and community-based service to support people with health conditions into work.

The service was officially launched by the Minister for Employment and Skills, Jamie Hepburn at Remploy’s offices in Edinburgh.

Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn said: “Our distinctly Scottish approach to helping people into work will be more flexible, tailored and easier to access.

“And our priority in the initial year is to provide continuity of support to people who are unemployed and face significant barriers to work.

“The new devolved services will have fairness, dignity and respect at their core.

“In Scotland we will look to ease some of the stress of job hunting, by making our services voluntary, which is different to the mandatory arrangements in place for the rest of the UK.

“We believe voluntary participation will let us get the best out of people as without the threat of sanctions they will see the services as an opportunity to gain new skills through supportive training and coaching.

“By aligning our programmes with existing health and social care support we can be more joined up which will ultimately reduce pressure on other public services.

“Over the next 12 months we will listen to people who use the services so we can continue to make improvements to this new person-centred approach.”

People can be referred to Work Able Scotland from JobCentre Plus.

The service will run alongside the Work First Scotland programme to support people with disabilities into work.

The two programmes will cover a 12-month transitional period ahead of a full Scottish programme of employment support in April 2018, following the devolution of powers under the Scotland Act 2016.

Find out more about Work Able Scotland support from Remploy at www.remploy.co.uk/scotland

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For further information please contact:

Amanda Craike on 07500 226193 or Amanda.craike@remploy.co.uk or pressoffice@remploy.co.uk


Notes to editors:

Work Able Scotland started on 1 April 2017 and is designed for those who want to work and are: 

  • 18 years and over 
  • not in employment 
  • in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance and Universal Credit equivalent
  • eligible and assessed as capable of progressing into work within a 12 month period

The £5m Work Able Scotland programme will support up to 1,500 people with health conditions into work and will be delivered locally by Progress Scotland, The Wise Group and Remploy.

Work Able Scotland will run alongside the £14m Work First Scotland programme to support up to 3,300 people with disabilities into work.

About Remploy:

●     Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
●     Since 2010, Remploy in Scotland has found more than 13,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health        conditions and other disadvantages.
●     Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS.
●     Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help maintain in employment people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
●     Remploy invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service.