TWO organisations with operations in Huddersfield have signed a new national agreement to help more people with disabilities get jobs.
Leeds-based supermarket chain Asda, which has a store at Bradford Road, has signed the agreement with Remploy, the specialist employment service for people with disabilities and health conditions.
Remploy has a factory at Waterloo, employing more than 70 people making head rests for car manufacturers.
The deal marks Asda’s achievement over the past five years of providing jobs for almost 700 Remploy candidates – and underlines their commitment to increase this even further.
Asda has found jobs for 207 Remploy candidates in the past year along – the first time that Remploy has placed more than 200 candidates with a single employer in a 12-month spell.
“We’re extremely proud of our relationship with Asda”, said Beth Caruthers, Remploy’s employment services director.
“From humble beginnings in 2001, we’ve rapidly increased the number of disabled candidates we have provided to Asda to fill its vacancies, and I am pleased that our success rate is very high.”
David Smith, Asda’s people director, said: “Our relationship with Remploy has gone from strength to strength. We are proud to recognise that we, along with Remploy, have helped find jobs for 700 people who may have otherwise have faced challenges in gaining employment.”
The agreement was signed at Asda’s Pudsey store, which has 16 Remploy candidates on the payroll.