Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment support for disabled people, has responded to figures released today by ERSA (Employment Related Services Association) that show it is taking longer to help sick and disabled jobseekers on the go
Disabled jobseekers on Work Programme need greater access to specialist support, says Remploy
Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment support for disabled people, has responded to figures released today by ERSA (Employment Related Services Association)
that show it is taking longer to help sick and disabled jobseekers on the government’s Work Programme into work.
According to ERSA, about 15 per cent of people on the programme who receive Employment and Support Allowance have found employment so far, lower than the number of Work Programme participants on Jobseekers Allowance. ERSA
claims the figures are a direct reflection of the challenges people with disabilities and health related conditions face in the labour market overall.
However, Beth Carruthers, Director of Remploy Employment Services, said the real challenge for Work Programme providers is to ensure that people facing the greatest barriers to work have access to specialist support.
“The Work Programme is a good programme which supports a lot of people and offers them repeated opportunities to get back into work,” she said. “While there may be problems with the payment model, the real issue for those on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is to give them access to specialist support."
“They need to be directed to organisations who understand their disabilities and health issues, in many cases mental health problems or learning disabilities, and how they impact on their ability to get a job."
“It would be really helpful, instead of just throwing more money at the Work Programme, to make it easier for ESA claimants and other disabled Work Programme customers to access the specialist provision that is available to help them overcome these barriers and offer a better preparation for the world of work and support to stay in work.”
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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