Remploy Cymru, the leading employment and skills specialist for people with disabilities and health conditions, has been awarded the contract to deliver the UK Government’s new Work and Health Program
The Work and Health Programme is an employment support programme providing specialised support for people who have been unemployed for more than two years and, on a voluntary basis, to those with health conditions or disabilities. It replaces two existing employment support schemes, the Work Programme and Work Choice.
The programme will support 16,000 people across the country to develop the skills they require to overcome barriers to employment and transform their lives.
Delivery of the programme will be supported by Remploy’s Community Partnership Network comprising more than 40 organisations offering specialist advice and support across a range of issues including mental health conditions, drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness.
Gareth Parry, Remploy Chief Executive said: “For more than 70 years in Wales, Remploy has been supporting disabled people and those with health conditions into work. We are delighted to have been chosen to deliver the UK Government’s Work and Health Programme, supported by the Welsh Government.
“We have developed an innovative approach to deliver the programme, offering people who are looking for work additional support through our online customer portal, as well as local community support delivered in collaboration with our Community Partnership Network.”
Remploy Cymru will deliver the service through more than 75 delivery locations in every spread across all local authority areas in Wales, including three multi-disciplinary community hubs at Swansea, Newport and Wrexham. These delivery locations bring together specialist providers, charities and services in one location delivering personalised and integrated support to job seekers.
Gareth Parry added: “Since 2010 Remploy has found jobs for more than 18,000 disabled and disadvantaged people in Wales.
We are passionate about our commitment to Wales and we will continue to work closely with partners, including the Welsh Government and Jobcentre Plus, to ensure that we support the developing Working Wales strategy.”
About Remploy Cymru:
● Remploy has been supporting disabled people into employment in Wales for more than 70 years and Remploy Cymru has found jobs for more than 18,000 disabled people since 2010
● Remploy Cymru has a network of 16 offices and branches across Wales and 25 outreach teams providing specialist employment services
● Remploy Cymru is embedded in local communities and operates two community hubs in Swansea and Newport which give people with a disability or health condition access to support from a range of local organisations
● Remploy is a Disability Confident Leader and works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, Tesco, BT, Mitie, Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s
● Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues remain in employment
● Remploy provides innovative services for employers which are cost-effective and business-efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
● In addition, Remploy operates a unique online service allowing disabled people to access support from their home or wherever is convenient
● Remploy is a mission-driven social business with a diverse workforce, a third of whom have a declared disability or health condition
● Employees have a 30% shareholding in Remploy which left government ownership in 2015 in a joint venture with MAXIMUS, a leading provider of employment and health related services to governments on four continents
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