Remploy and Blind Veterans UK sign a new partnership

1 January 2013 14:30

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

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

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

We have agreed to tap into each other's areas of expertise, share our cultures and values and provide training for each other's employees to improve skill sets.

Our 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.

In the past nine months, Remploy has worked with more than 330 ex-Service personnel and supported more than a quarter of them into mainstream employment. It has also carried out vocational assessments on more than 500 wounded, injured and sick personnel.

Barry Porter with Matt Fellows

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, Remploy's Head of Strategic Development, Armed Forces said: "Up to 20,000 people leave the Armed Forces each year and 4,000 wounded, injured and sick personnel are currently facing the prospect of being medically discharged.

"Those who have a visual impairment are significantly disadvantaged in the employment market. This partnership will support visually impaired veterans into sustainable civilian careers and is part of Remploy's wider commitment to find jobs for disabled veterans."