More MS news articles for July 2001

Dedicated Job-Broking Service for People with Disabilities Launches in South Wales

Release date 2 July 2001

Employment Opportunities’ Cardiff Regional Centre is one of the first areas in the country to benefit from the new job service for people with disabilities launched today by Minister for Work, Nick Brown, at the offices of Employment Opportunities for people with disabilities.
Working in partnership with private, public and voluntary organisations, the New Deal Job Broking programme provides people with disabilities with a dedicated service to match their skills and abilities with employers’ needs.    As a Job-Broker under the scheme, Employment Opportunities’ Regional Centre will help anyone with a disability receiving incapacity or a similar benefit realise their employment potential.
When meeting staff and jobseekers at the Charity’s Newcastle centre, where the launch took place, Mr Brown said “ New Deal for Disabled People has already helped nearly 8,000 people into work.  With the launch today of the new job-broking service we are now working in partnership with specialist organisations- we are combining our expertise to help even more people with disabilities get work-ready where necessary and find lasting paid employment where possible.”
He also pointed out, that “Organisations like Employment Opportunities have great experience of the abilities and needs of people with disabilities and will ensure that a vital section of the labour force is not overlooked.  The job-broking scheme is also an essential step forward to helping employers find the people they need.”
Paul Leonard, Regional Director of Employment Opportunities South Wales commented “We are delighted to be appointed job-brokers under NDDP.  This will assist us to increase the number of people with disabilities in the area securing sustained employment.”
Employment Opportunities for people with disabilities South Wales has been providing a practical programme of assistance to people with any kind of disability in the area looking for work, since 1997. Those wishing to make use of the initiative must be on incapacity or similar benefit, and should contact Employment Opportunities on (029) 20394363.
Notes to Editors
Employment Opportunities is a national charity, established in 1980, helping people with disabilities find work. Creating CVs, completing application forms, writing supporting letters for applicants, interview techniques, job-hunting skills and confidence building are some of the skills covered by the Charity’s programme.  Advice and support is also offered to employers.
The charity has been awarded a national contract to provide New Deal for Disabled People and Employment Opportunities South Wales will be a job-broker under this scheme.  Employment Opportunities South Wales has been operating since 1997 and provides a full programme of support to people with disabilities and employers in the area.
NDDP pilots have been operating in different parts of the country from September 1998 to test ways of helping people on incapacity benefits back into work.
The early NDDP pilots produced encouraging results but it was felt that a more extensive national pilot should be developed to build on the experience of the pilots but also test a wider range of approaches.
Bids were sought from a wide range of organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors and approximately 100 organisations responded.  Contracts are being awarded to over 60 organisations, many of whom are due to start delivering their services from 2 July.
Paul Leonard, Regional Director Employment Opportunities South Wales
(029) 20394363.  Out of hours – (029) 20851090
Ian Finlinson, Director of Operations Employment Opportunities for people with disabilities.
01225 461 005.  Out of hours -  07710 313 222