Remploy staff celebrate their 70th anniversary and the start of an exciting new era with the launch of a joint venture with MAXIMUS.
Established to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-service personnel and miners, Remploy has evolved into an organisation that supports disabled people into mainstream employment. Since 2010 it has supported almost 100,000 people with a range of disabilities and health conditions into work.
Beth Carruthers, Remploy’s chief executive said: “This is the most exciting day for Remploy since our formation 70 years ago. Our exit from government ownership means we are now free to expand, move into new markets, borrow to grow and pursue international opportunities.
“MAXIMUS brings commercial knowledge and expertise to the joint venture and will work with Remploy to build on its existing success. We will still be called Remploy and, crucially, we will continue doing what we do best – transforming the lives of people with disabilities and health conditions by supporting them into sustainable long term jobs.”
Remploy’s joint venture with MAXIMUS means that for the first time Remploy employees will have a stake in the company and two seats on the board.
“This gives employees a real say in how the company is managed and will ensure that their voice is heard,” added Mrs Carruthers.
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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 almost 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
- It invests in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
- In July 2014 the Department for Work and Pensions launched a commercial process under which Remploy Employment Services would leave government ownership by March 2015
- On 12 March 2015, Remploy entered into a joint venture with MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia
- The joint venture will help develop Remploy to its full potential, enabling it to support many more disabled people into work