New partnership signed to support blind veterans

remployRemploy and Blind Veterans UK have signed a new partnership agreement aimed at increasing the numbers of vision impaired ex-Service personnel into civilian employment.

Remploy, the leading provider of employment opportunities for people with disabilities or health conditions, will work with national charity Blind Veterans UK to provide access to a broad range of Remploy services across the UK.

This includes engaging with veterans to identify their transferrable skills, potential employment opportunities and supporting individuals in work who are looking for development opportunities.

Both organisations have agreed to tap into their areas of expertise, share the culture and values of their organisations and provide training for each other’s employees to improve skillsets.

Blind Veterans UK members will have access to the suite of support available via Remploy’s Work Choice for Veterans contract and additional services delivered by its Vocational Rehabilitation team, such as one to one case management and development support.

Barry Porter, Director of Welfare Services for Blind Veterans UK, said the agreement would “underpin a key partnership in working to ensure that blind and visually impaired ex-servicemen and women have access to the training and support required to enable them to pursue vocational and employment opportunities’.

Matt Fellows, Head of Armed Forces & Veterans Services for Remploy, said: “Those suffering a visual impairment are significantly disadvantaged in the employment market, and through this partnership we will support visually impaired veterans into sustainable civilian careers.

“This is a real demonstration of Remploy’s intent to support greater numbers of disabled veterans at the greatest disadvantage into sustainable civilian careers.”

About Remploy

In the last two years Remploy Employment Services has found more than 35,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages.  Remploy is driven by the fundamental belief that every disabled person can, with appropriate support and specialist advice, secure sustainable employment

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