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Published Tuesday, 5th May 2015

Read more about how Gwyneth was supported by TC Facilities Management

Gwynedd Evans
A Caernarfonshire woman who is in constant pain because of osteoarthritis in her knees and hips, is urging employers to break down barriers for disabled and disadvantaged job seekers after she struggled for almost a decade to find work.

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.”

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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