Minister for Disabled People visits Remploy conference

Esther McVey, Minister for Disabled People, tours Expo2013

Esther McVey, Minister for Disabled People, tours Expo2013

A Government Minister has praised the work of Remploy after seeing first-hand the wide-ranging initiatives the company’s Employment Services business is delivering to support thousands of disabled and disadvantaged people into sustainable work.

Esther McVey, Minister for Disabled People, joined Remploy employees and customers on the final day of Expo2013, a three-day event at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, which showcased the work Remploy is doing to help transform society and the lives of disabled people by creating equality in employment.

Some of the services provided by Remploy Employment Services represented at the event are:

  • Recruitment – fast and effective solutions, matching organisations with talented and motivated people, helping to create a diverse workforce
  • In-work support – dedicated support to help individuals experiencing difficulties at work, or at risk of losing their job, due to a disability or health condition
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services – a comprehensive range of specialist services to address and resolve workplace absence
  • Armed Forces & Veterans Services – a range of services for disabled veterans, designed to help them to adapt their skills and abilities for civilian employment and find a new career
  • Individual Placement Support – assistance for people with moderate to severe mental health conditions to gain or sustain employment
  • iRemploy – a bespoke online employability service for disabled people, helping to develop vocational skills and expanding social and personal skills in an independent learning environment
  • Ability Profiler – online profiling to map an individual’s strengths, support and development needs, including the impact of disabilities and health conditions, to create a development plan to aid in moving into employment
Esther McVey MP meets candidates at a ‘virtual’ Remploy branch

Esther McVey MP meets candidates at a ‘virtual’ Remploy branch

Taking time out from her busy schedule, the Minister addressed delegates and then spent the morning touring the exhibition. She also  visited a ‘virtual branch’ – specially created for Expo2013 – where she talked to Remploy candidates from across the Midlands and saw for herself how Remploy Employment Services is preparing disabled people to move back into employment or start work for the first time.

“Since 2010 Remploy has found more than 50,000 jobs for disabled and disadvantaged people, which is a wonderful achievement,” said Ms McVey. “Everything I have seen today encourages me to think that Remploy will continue to get many more thousands of disabled people into mainstream jobs and help them stay there.”

Beth Carruthers, Remploy’s Director of Employment Services, added: “I’m delighted the Minister was able to join us and see for herself the enormous range of work, products and services within our business and meet some of the talented people working for Employment Services.”

In the last four years Remploy Employment Services has found more than 50,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities and other disadvantages. Find out more about Remploy’s services at

Picture caption: 1) Esther McVey, Minister for Disabled People, tours Expo2013; 2) she meets candidates at a ‘virtual’ Remploy branch

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