Remploy: 100,000 jobs and counting
Celebrations were held in more than 60 Remploy branches and offices across the country.
At Remploy Waterloo in London, the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, made a presentation to Eliese Bull, aged 34, who is the 2,000th disabled person supported by Remploy into employment through its work with Marks & Spencer. Bull was out of work for two years and had anxiety and depression following the birth of her daughter.
Beth Carruthers, Remploy chief executive, said, “IDDP is a day to celebrate the talents and achievements of disabled people around the world. It promotes ability and showcases what is possible in order to break down barriers through increased understanding.
“IDDP is also an opportunity to challenge ourselves and others to do more to create an inclusive society and workplaces that truly benefit from the ability of all. We are immensely proud of having supported 100,000 people into life-changing employment.
“Achieving this remarkable milestone is testament to the strong relationships we have with employers large and small, who recognise the business benefits of employing disabled people.
“But we all agree there is still so much more to do.”
Referring to the Government’s Disability Confident campaign, Justin Tomlinson said, “We have to make businesses confident enough to introduce them to organisations like Remploy. We can provide the support to employers if they make the investment and they will find that it makes good business sense.
“Our commitment, personally from the Prime Minister, is that we will halve the disability employment gap and that means improving the lives of a million people.”
Tanith Dodge, HR Director at M&S said, “We’re delighted to have reached this milestone moment with Remploy. Through Marks & Start and the Direct Hire Recruitment Process, we hope to give individuals just like Eliese the opportunity that can be the turning point they need to change their lives for the better. We know the scheme also motivates and engages our existing employees, creates new development opportunities and builds a real sense of pride within our teams”.