Wait is over for Matthew | Remploy

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Published Thursday, 5th March 2015

A Derby man who experienced the frustration of three years’ unemployment is back in work thanks to an innovative partnership between Remploy and Marks & Spencer.

Wait is over for Matthew

Matthew Blackshaw, 46, from Alvaston, is working as a warehouse operative at M&S’s new 900,000 sq ft distribution centre in Castle Donington, Leicestershire which opened earlier this year.

The opportunity to work at the state-of-the art facility came about for Matthew, who has a hearing impairment and lost his previous job following knee surgery, when he was referred to Remploy’s employment services branch in Derby.

At the city centre branch he received specialist one-to-one support, including help with job searching, creating a CV that highlighted his skills and interview training.

“I’d only been registered at the branch for a matter of weeks before I applied for this job,” recalled Matthew. “The wait to hear whether I had been successful after my interview was agonising.”

Almost 100 Remploy candidates with a range of disabilities and health conditions are employed at M&S’s Castle Donington distribution centre, evidence of the success of the partnership between the two organisations.

“It’s wonderful to see how candidates grow in confidence and develop as people, once they come to work here, said Grant Allen, a Remploy Employment Advisor based at the site. “It’s what makes my job so rewarding.”

Anita Thomas, M&S’s employability manager at Castle Donington added: “our partnership with Remploy is proving very successful in ensuring that we can recruit people for their talents and abilities, focusing on what can be done.

“Our commitment to disabled colleagues extends beyond recruitment. It is equally important to minimise barriers for disabled people once they are working for us. We are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible workplace for all our colleagues.”


Picture caption: Matthew Blackshaw

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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.
  • 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