New specialist service launched to support disabled jobseekers | Remploy

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Published Wednesday, 26th August 2015

The Specialist Employability Support programme, in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, will provide work-related support for disabled people.

The Specialist Employability Support programme, which Remploy launched this week in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions, will provide work-related support for disabled people furthest away from the job market.

The programme, which becomes operational across the country on 1 September, will support disabled people for whom other provision is not suitable and offers an individually tailored combination of guidance, work placements and work experience.

Remploy, the leading provider of special employment services to people with disabilities and health conditions, will deliver the programme from seven regional hubs around the country, offering support to more than 700 disabled people.

Remploy and Jobcentre Plus managers and advisors joined the seven launch events with a large number of employment and disability specialists and support organisations from across the country

Disabled people on the Specialist Employability Support programme will have a dedicated Specialist Coach as a single point of contact who will focus on their individual needs and support them throughout their journey into work.

Together the customer and the coach will produce a detailed Individual Support Plan which they will both own and customers will have access to the free, online iRemploy service, where they can chat to iRemploy advisors seven days a week.

There are two elements of support provided by the programme:

Start Back for people with a small number of barriers who currently feel unable to work. After receiving specialist support for up to three months, customers will be ready to move into work, or begin other provision.

Main Provision for people with multiple, complex barriers to employment and require a longer period of support of up to 12 months.

Beth Carruthers. Remploy Chief Executive said: “Remploy has an experienced and specialist team with pan-disability expertise dedicated and committed to transforming the lives of disabled people.

“We are focused on giving candidates the choice and control of their journey building support around what the individual likes and wants so that they can move into life-changing employment.”

Remploy will partner with a number of expert partners to deliver the support, including, Royal Association for Deaf People, Enham, Trust, The Royal National College for the Blind and Communication Specialist College Doncaster.

For further information please contact:

David Felton: 07803 214682

Justin Hall: 07824 837222

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 April 2015 Remploy left government ownership in a joint venture partnership between MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia, and Remploy employees who have a 30% stake in the company