Remploy Employment Services will leave government ownership with the creation of a joint venture between Remploy employees and MAXIMUS.
The partnership will enable both organisations to support thousands more disabled people into work in the years to come.
This is an historic day in Remploy’s long and proud history of supporting disabled people, securing its long term future. It also places Remploy's employees at the heart of the business as co-owners sharing responsibility for the success and growth of the business with a strong and committed commercial partner.
The business will continue to be known as Remploy Limited and will transfer from the Government and into partnership with MAXIMUS in early April. All employees within Remploy Employment Services will transfer to the new joint venture and will have a collective 30% stake in the partnership.
Remploy’s mission to support disabled people will continue and will be enshrined in the legal articles of the new joint venture company.
Beth Carruthers, Remploy Chief Executive, said:
“The expertise, support and investment brought by MAXIMUS creates an exciting opportunity for us to improve our delivery and performance, protect our social mission, increase our competitiveness and grow our business. All of which will position Remploy as the leading disability specialist enabling even more disabled people to transform their lives through work.”
Chris Blackwell, UK Managing Director of MAXIMUS Human Services, said:
“We are delighted to have been chosen to partner with Remploy. Remploy is synonymous in the UK with supporting people with complex barriers into employment. We believe that MAXIMUS experience of delivering similar services around the world complements the expertise of the Remploy team, and that together we can grow and support many more disabled people into work.”
Remploy Ltd will be awarded a commercial contract to deliver Work Choice, the Government programme supporting people with disabilities and health conditions into employment. The company’s current commercial contracts will transfer to the new joint venture.
The remaining non-executive Remploy board will work with DWP to manage the company’s remaining activities after Remploy has left government ownership.
Beth Carruthers said: “Remploy, MAXIMUS and DWP will work together to handle the transition and ensure a smooth exit from government ownership. I am confident that this partnership will enable our business to flourish, will be good for MAXIMUS, for all Remploy colleagues and most importantly good for disabled people.”
The partnership has the support of the Remploy Trade Unions
Mick Wilde, of the GMB commented: "The GMB continue to support the exit of Remploy Employment Services from government ownership to the private sector. We are determined to work with the new partner to build on the open, transparent and respectful relationship we currently have in place.
Notes to Editors
- Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
- Since 2010 Remploy has found more than 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
- Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS.
- Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities.
- Remploy invests in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service.
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MAXIMUS is one of the Department for Work and Pensions accredited providers of the Work Programme, delivering the scheme in West London and the Thames Valley, Hampshire, North East Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Isle of Wight.
MAXIMUS has considerable experience providing support to help disadvantaged people back into the labour market and has partnered with governments around the world to provide critical health and human service programmes to a diverse range of communities for more than 40 years.
MAXIMUS operates in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Saudi Arabia. Through its subsidiary Health Management Limited (HML), MAXIMUS is also one of the largest providers of occupational health services in the UK and carries out these services through a dedicated team of highly qualified clinicians.
Chris Rogers, The Whitehouse Consultancy
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