You will be matched to your own dedicated Key Worker throughout your journey into work. They will support you through phone calls, emails, video chat and text messages, to help you find the right job.
Your Key Worker will get to know you, identify your skills and strengths, and if there are any particular challenges making it harder for you to move into work. Together, we will build a step-by-step action plan to help you get to where you want to be.
You’ll have access to:
- Specialist support, tailored to your needs
- Help with job searches, CVs, application forms and interview preparation
- Training to get you new skills for future job goals
- Advice on health, wellbeing, housing, money, debt and IT from our community partners across Wales
- Volunteering opportunities to gain vital experience
- Links with employers to help you secure placements or jobs that suit your circumstances and so much more.
For up to 21 months, depending on your individual needs and once in work, we’ll still be there for you, making sure you are settled and the role is the right fit for you.
Remploy deliver programmes right across Wales with the support of
a Community Partnership Network (CPN). The CPN consists of over
80 organisations, offering specialist interventions for skills development,
health and employment. Our partners are also varied, with a mixture of
public, private and third sector organisations.
We’re incredibly proud of all of the people we’ve supported through Work and Health Programme Wales and Intensive Personalised Employment Support. Their stories make for inspiring reading.
James is looking forward in his new role
James Bailey had limited work experience, and had been unemployed for over 12 months before joining the Work and Health Programme with Remploy in Cardiff.
His challenges included learning difficulties and depression, with a history of self-harm and suicidal thoughts. In addition, mounting debt problems had led him to start drinking heavily, and he felt that his life was out of control.
James started working intensively with Employment Advisor, who provided support to identify his job goals, build his confidence and create a new CV.
A referral was made to Remploy’s Community Partnership Network (CPN) member Action in Caerau and Ely for a benefit calculation and community support. A further referral to Adult Learning Wales improved James’ digital literacy, work skills and personal development. His confidence slowly increased, and his newly-acquired skills encouraged him to consider opportunities other than his previous cleaning roles.
When the extent of James’ personal problems became clear, Chris referred him to CPN member Pure Insights International for weekly counselling to address his mental health issues and set out a plan of support. He was also encouraged to visit his GP and arrangements were made with a specialist debt advisory service.
With the support of his advisor, James started looking and applying for suitable vacancies. He applied for and secured an interview with Burger King in Cardiff, and after attending interview skills training, James successfully gained a part-time kitchen assistant role, which quickly progressed to full-time hours.
James’ determination has paid off and he is now fully independent and managing his own finances.
Kris is smiling again thanks to his apprenticeship
Kris Ratcliffe, 31, from Porth, had been unemployed for a year before being referred to the Work and Health Programme.
Owing to a bone growth disorder, Achondroplasia, that causes disproportionate dwarfism, Kris felt misjudged because of his height. This had led to him suffering with depression and anxiety over the years.
Employment Advisor Matthew Pugh met with Kris and immediately referred him to Hafal, Wales’ leading charity for people with serious mental illness.
Once Kris completed Hafal’s six-week anxiety and stress management course, he was supported in developing a recovery plan, which gave him encouragement in his search for work. With the support of his Employment Advisor, Kris updated his CV and began applying for suitable vacancies, however it became clear that his anxiety during interviews was hindering him. After intensive interview support, Kris began to build his motivation and determination to succeed.
A two day work trial was arranged with JCP Solicitors in Caerphilly for a Level 3 Apprenticeship. This was successful and Kris was offered an apprenticeship role with the firm.
He said; “Remploy has been great. They never gave up on me, picking me up when I was down, giving me a purpose and believing in me. All that made me more determined. If you have good people supporting you, you can do whatever you put your mind to.
I’m looking forward now and can’t wait to complete my Apprenticeship and gain a qualification to make a career.”
They gave it a shot. Could you?