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sarahm
04-05-14, 14:50
I've been working as an Employment Advisor for Remploy for 6 years - helping disabled people to find work and now (this week) they have launched a new online service to support even more people. I've taken on an additional role as an online iAdvisor - answering online queries on areas relating to employment and supporting people online in their journey into employment. The service offers CV and Cover Letter support as well as guidance on Applications and Interviews. As everything is online - this means that anyone with hearing loss as well as British Sign Language users can avoid the sometimes long-winded process of finding an interpreting service to use in order to attend a meeting or appointment with an employment agency or careers advisor etc. They can have an instant conversation via the Live Chat function with an online iAdvisor and get their question answered or the support they want.
Please take a look at the website:
http://remploy.co.uk/individuals
Or have a chat with one of our iA dvisors and see how we can help you get the job/career you want.
iAdvisors are available 8am-12midnight Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Popeye
06-05-14, 08:41
Link does not work, well not for Internet Explorer on my PC.

Flymo
06-05-14, 10:22
The link works for me in Firefox 29 on Windows 7 SP1. If you want the ultimate redirection point for that link within the Remploy site, click here (https://www.remploy.co.uk/en/individuals/).

sarahm
06-05-14, 12:35
Apologies,
as Flymo said use this one:

https://www.remploy.co.uk/en/individuals/

sarahm
11-05-14, 11:16
Remploy's new online service has been up and running for over a week now - supporting people online in their journey into employment. The service offers CV and Cover Letter support as well as guidance on Applications and Interviews. As everything is online - this means that anyone with a disability or not can have an instant conversation via the Live Chat function with an online iAdvisor and get their question answered or the support they want.

Please take a look at the website:

https://www.remploy.co.uk/en/individuals/

Or have a chat with one of our iA dvisors and see how we can help you get the job/career you want.

iAdvisors are available 8am-12midnight Monday to Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.

EmmaY
12-05-14, 13:44
It's really great to see services like this available as there it isn't always easy to find help otherwise!
I've used the iRemploy site and found it to be really great -loads of useful stuff to read through but the online advisors really know their stuff too, well worth a visit!

sarahm
15-05-14, 18:35
Thanks Emma for your positive feedback!

sarahm
15-05-14, 18:40
Remploy's online service - iRemploy has only been up and running for 3 weeks and already they have had news of a customer gaining employment following some online support with interview techniques from an iAdvisor!!!!

The iRemploy online service is designed to support people on their journey into employment. We have a great deal of information and resources available including support with CVs, Cover letters, applications and interviews. We also have online workshops available on such topics as Confidence, communication and taking a positive approach as well as practice/mock interviews. We also have online iAdvisors available to chat with you Monday to Friday 8am-12 midnight and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Please take a look for yourself at https://remploy.co.uk/individuals

And get the support you need to get the job you want!

Lighttouch
15-05-14, 18:57
And don't forget folks there's also a company that's run and controlled by disabled people called 'Breakthrough UK' - based in Manchester and Liverpool.

It offers one-to-one support before, during and after you start work.

Give them a call - you know it makes sense.

http://www.breakthrough-uk.co.uk/OurServices/manchester/mest_disabled

sarahm
22-05-14, 19:15
Remploy's online iAdvisors are available to chat with you via instant messaging Monday to Friday 8am-12 midnight and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Please take a look for yourself at https://www.remploy.co.uk/en/individuals/

We look forward to chatting with you!

sarahm
28-05-14, 14:03
I'm delighted to announce that Remploy delivered 18,500 job outcomes for disabled and disadvantaged people last year, a 4% increase on the previous 12 months. This means that we have supported more than 80,000 people into work over the last five years.

flowerangelx
28-05-14, 14:16
What a shame Remploy made my mental health worse than it was when I was referred to them via the job centre!

sarahm
02-06-14, 18:31
What a shame Remploy made my mental health worse than it was when I was referred to them via the job centre!

I'm sorry you feel that way. The branch experience is not what suits everyone - which is one of the reasons our new iRemploy online service has been set up. To support people in their own environment and at their own pace. Perhaps this is something that you would find useful? Please have a look at the website for yourself and see what you think. You can also have an online instant chat via livechat (similar to messenger) and ask further questions or for support in different areas. Ihope we can be of help to you.
https://www.remploy.co.uk/en/individuals/

Thanks
Sarahm

sarahm
20-06-14, 18:27
We have had over 1000 people register with the iRemploy site since the end of April. They are already making use of our services such as CV builder, Online Workshops and Mock Interviews plus using live chats with our experienced iAdvisors.

Why not check it out for yourself at :
https://www.remploy.co.uk/en/individuals/

sarahm
17-07-14, 19:03
At iRemploy, we have already helped a user of our website to secure employment following some interview practice and guidance with one of our online advisors prior to their attending an interview! Please come and see how we can help you too - at:
https://www.remploy.co.uk/en/individuals/

reddivine
19-07-14, 08:37
@sarahm - appreciate you are employed by Remploy and are promoting their worK. maybe the title of the thread shoulf have reflected that.
Lots of folks on yourable have been found and are "unfit to work".
Secondary, and very importantly, the attitude of EMPLOYERS needs to change. The biggest difficulty in finding employment, if your disabled is finding an employer who will take on the HUGE risk factor. Does he take the well qualified, person who can't stand, will drop files, gets fatigued easily and may collapse at any moment? Or the 16 yr old who he can pay less? LIFE and experience has shown me the latter.

nukecad
19-07-14, 17:27
Hi reddivine,
I appreciate that sarahm is employed by Remploy and is trying to drum up support for their website.

In some cases this would be considered as spamming, for instance I moderate an AutoCAD forum and sarah's posts would not be considered relevant over there, not exactly spam but not relevant to the site.
In such a case we would have a quiet word by email, appreciating the input but maybe asking for it to be toned down.

However I believe that it is relevant on this site and so a bit more leeway should be given.
Its not like she is asking for money; a sure sign of a spammer. (Tongue in cheek).

Personally I think its a good sign that Remploy are reinventing themselves.
I know that not everybody liked them and considered them too closely linked to the government (shades of the 1950's workhouse).
But when the local remploy closed down it threw a lot of people who could do some work out of employment and back to sitting at home all day.

Strange when the gov. keeps trying to push people who cant work into unsuitable jobs.

beau
20-07-14, 13:24
I also mod on a site and this posting would not be allowed as it is spamming but the mods here have let it go.

sarahm
25-07-14, 15:04
Hi reddivine,
I would like to firstly apologize if I have given the impression of being a spammer on this website. This is definitely NOT the way I wanted to come across at all. My reason for posting in this forum is to reach out to the wider community and advise disabled users that there is support out there for those who would like it. Having worked for Remploy for over 6 years and been involved in the launch of the iRemploy service this year in April, I am very proud of the work our company and my online iRemploy colleagues are doing – and really do not mean to offend anyone by my posts on this site.

Secondly, it is true that there are still unfortunately many employers who are not disability aware and do discriminate. However from the personal experience both myself and my colleagues have had with so many employers previously, I am confident of the amounts of employers that are POSITIVE about abilities and do recruit disabled people and those with health conditions and make the necessary reasonable adjustments to enable their employees to fulfil their potential and carry out their jobs. The challenge is to sift out those negative employers and find the right positive employer for you. That is what Remploy and iRemploy strive to do and I hope our service will appeal to some of the forums members.

I hope this explains a little more about my posts. Any questions – please let me know.

Thanks
Sarah

Lighttouch
25-07-14, 18:42
Hello Sarah, out of interest how many disabled people does Remploy employ? And of those how many are at a senior officer level or higher.

I'm also curious to know how many disabled people are on your board of directors?

Just gives us a better feel as to whether your organisation is user led or an organisation that gives it's CEOs bumper bonuses at the expense of the user group it represents.

sarahm
28-07-14, 11:52
Thanks for your question. We do include figures on employees and employment of disabled persons within our annual report each year. The annual reports are available via our website. P13 of 2013 last report. Though also worth noting that it is up to the staff member if they wish to disclose their disability.
If you would like more detailed information then I would suggest that you submit a Freedom of Information request to Remploy via Company Secretariat email address (company.secretariat@remploy.co.uk) that can be processed accordingly and signed off by Department for Work and Pensions to release.
I hope this answers your question.
Many thanks
Sarah

sarahm
28-07-14, 11:57
Here is the link as mentioned above - Remploy publishes information about its employees in the annual report and accounts. The most up to date published information can be found on Page 13 of last year's report at the following link.

https://www.remploy.co.uk/files/annual-report-2013.pdf

This information, which includes numbers of disabled people employed in our factories which have since closed or been sold, will be updated when the 2014 report and accounts are published in the Autumn

sarahm
10-08-14, 09:38
If you register with iRemploy, you can request a Mock Interview to help you practice and get ready for the real thing. We have already provided these via webcam and using a BSL Interpreter for some Deaf users. Find out more at:
https://www.remploy.co.uk/en/individuals/