A Dagenham woman who, for almost two decades, put being a mum ahead of having a career has become the 2,000th Remploy candidate to gain employment with Sainsbury’s since 2009.
“Being the 2,000th colleague to be supported into work at Sainsbury’s by Remploy is the icing on the cake. I’m working in the ‘Food to Go’ kitchen and loving every minute. I meet new people and have made some great friends. It’s fantastic!”
Since the start of the year Sainsbury’s partnership with Remploy has helped more than 50 disabled people in London find work at Local stores in the capital.
Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey said: “Work is central to well-being and it is one of the best ways to increase independence and self-esteem. It is also central to someone’s identity.
“Thankfully, savvy employers like Sainsbury’s recognise the huge benefits of supporting disabled people into employment, not just for the individuals themselves but for the skills and talents they bring to the organisation as a whole.
“I’d urge other employers to follow the example of Sainsbury’s and look hard at their recruitment and work practices to make sure they don’t miss out on the extensive talents of disabled people.”
Beth Carruthers, Remploy’s director of Employment Services added: “Our groundbreaking partnership with Sainsbury’s has been an outstanding success in supporting into work people who face significant barriers in their lives. Sainsbury’s deserves great credit for recognising the benefits of employing disabled people who show commitment, stay in the job longer and take less time off work. I confidently look forward to more success in future and an even stronger relationship with our colleagues at Sainsbury’s.”
Remploy and Sainsbury's partnership is part of Sainsbury’s 'You Can' initiative, designed to both help people back into the workplace and give existing colleagues the support, training and skills they need to succeed.
Picture caption(s):P 1) Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey, right, with Samantha Mimms; 2) L-R: Beth Carruthers, Director of Employment Services, Remploy; Samantha Mimms; Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey; Jacki Connor, Sainsbury’s Director of HR, Retail and Logistics
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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