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Published Tuesday, 17th June 2014

An organisation that supports disabled and disadvantaged people in to work and training is urging employers in Stirling to judge job seekers on their ability, not their disability.

Remploy urges employers to focus on ability

Last year Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment support, found more than 2,300 jobs in Scotland for people with a range of physical and mental disabilities and other health conditions – a 13% increase compared to the previous 12 months. Its city centre office in Stirling opened in September last year and has already supported 105 peopleinto work.

“Employers are sometimes nervous about employing someone with a disability,” said Lorna Smith, Remploy’s Stirling office manager.

“But one thing they quickly realise is that Remploy candidates value employment and therefore tend to have a lower absence rate and stay in a job longer compared with people who may find it easier to switch jobs.”

Remploy’s support for disabled job seekers has the backing of Stirling MP Anne McGuire, who recently visited the office and met candidates preparing to move back into the labour market or start work for the first time.

Anne McGuire said: “Having been the MP for Stirling for 17 years, I’ve seen many examples of Remploy’s fantastic work helping people into fulfilling, productive jobs. It is a pleasure to visit the Stirling Remploy office and see firsthand the transformative and inspiring impact they have on so many lives.”

Added Lorna: “I was delighted that Anne was able to see the important work we are doing to build the confidence of candidates who often face significant barriers in their lives.

“Many disabled people we see don’t realise they have transferable skills and often need help with their CV and interview practice. We encourage them to focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.

“Employers also need to know that there is a lot of support available, particularly from Access to Work, the government funded scheme that pays for practical support to allow disabled people to stay in work.”

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Picture caption left to right: Sharon Cook and Margaret Barton, both from Remploy, Anne McGuire MP and Remploy Stirling office manager Lorna Smith

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Notes to editors:

  • In the last five years Remploy has found more than 80,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment
  • Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • It continues to invest in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and vocational rehabilitation services
  • Remploy partners with more than 2,500 of the country's biggest employers including BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury's, the NHS and Marks & Spencer
  • It operates a national network of more than 60 town and city centre recruitment branches and offices providing specialist recruitment and development services to job seekers