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Gwyneth Evans is now working as a cleaner for TC Facilities Management, the company contracted to clean Tesco’s Caernarfon store. Her ‘job breakthrough’ followed a period of intensive employment support from Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services.
Recalling the frustration of being unemployed from 2006 until 2014, Gwyneth said: “More needs to be done to ensure that employers give disabled people a fair chance in the jobs market.
“I couldn’t fault the support I received from Remploy. They were fantastic and really gave me confidence and a belief that I would succeed. But there are still some employers who won’t consider you if you have a disability or health condition. I’m sure I was overlooked for many jobs because of my disability. In an ideal world all employers would be like TC Facilities Management and Tesco and focus on a person’s ability, not their disability.”
Since joining TC Facilities Management last year, Gwyneth, who previously worked as a health care assistant, has rediscovered her confidence and enjoyment of life. “I’ve put the depressing days of unemployment behind me and I’m enjoying having a job again,” she added. “I work in a team of four, keeping the store clean for customers. Having a job isn’t just about money; it’s about meeting people and having a sense of purpose. Working here is like being part of one big happy family.”
Cliff Guy, a Remploy employment advisor who supported Gwyneth with her job searching said: “It’s wonderful to see how she has grown in confidence. Not having a job for so long dented Gwyneth’s confidence, as it would anyone. But now she has been given an opportunity to make a fresh start and has grasped it with both hands.”
Picture caption: Gwyneth Evans
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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 Tesco, TC Facilities Management, 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
- Remploy formally left government ownership on 7 April 2015