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Published Thursday, 13th June 2013

A West Yorkshire man who lost a leg in a road traffic accident and later gave up work to become a carer has a new career – helping other disabled people find work!

Steve Boughen, 48, from Skelmanthorpe, had served in the RAF for 10 years when a horrific accident signalled the end of his career. Surgeons were forced to amputate Steve’s right leg after a car ploughed into his motorbike during a touring holiday in Scotland. A period of rehabilitation followed before he was medically discharged from the RAF in 1994.

“I loved my time in the RAF and fully expected to serve out my full 22-year term, but that wasn’t to be,” said Steve who went on to work for Rolls Royce Aerospace for nine years before a family illness resulted in him leaving to be a carer in 2006.

A year later, when he was ready to return to work, Steve was referred to Remploy’s Employment Services branch in Sunderland where he received specialist support with his job searching.

“I then moved home twice in fairly quick succession, first to Hull and then Huddersfield,” recalled Steve who during this period combined his own job searching with assisting others on the path back to employment.

“I did voluntary work, helping fellow Remploy candidates in both Hull and Huddersfield update their CVs, write letters applying for jobs and search for employment online,” added Steve who by this time was considering a new career in training. “Remploy paid for me to go on a course and that eventually led to me becoming an employment advisor - with Remploy!”

In his new role at Remploy’s city centre branch in Bradford, Steve works with disabled and disadvantaged jobseekers, preparing them to return to employment or start work for the first time. As the branch’s Armed Forces Champion he also uses his own experiences to help veterans and wounded, injured and sick service leavers tackle the specific barriers they face when looking for a sustainable career.

“I am so pleased for Steve,” said Aaron Middlehurst, an employment advisor at Remploy’s branch in Huddersfield, who supported Steve into his new role. “He has worked hard to get back into employment and his success shows Armed Forces veterans have transferrable skills that are highly valued by employers.”

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Picture caption: Steve Boughen

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Notes to Editors:
  • In the last four years Remploy Employment Services has found more than 50,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.
  • In 2012-13 Remploy's Armed Forces and Veterans Service received 500 referrals of ex-service personnel with a disability or health condition and supported more than one third of those individuals into a job.
  • Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment
  • Employment Services 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 ES 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