18 January 2019

Work of RBLI’s Employment Solutions team praised by Government

The national performance of the Employment Solutions team at Royal British Legion Industries has been praised by the Government.

Employment Solutions helps people with health needs, disabilities or learning disorders to remain and progress in employment through the Department for Work & Pensions’ Access to Work programme to people in England, Scotland and Wales.  Enabling individuals to maximise their potential in the work place is at the core of this programme.

The DWP highlighted the team’s success in delivering the programme and congratulated it on the levels of customer service and performance being achieved against key targets.

Employment Solutions handles an average of 1,000 Access to Work assessments each month, and its 40 strong team of coordinators and assessors satisfied the DWP’s rigorous performance standards in terms of handling referrals and applications.

Andy Milton, Director of Employment Solutions based at RBLI’s head office in Aylesford, said: “The Government has set an ambitious target of helping one million more disabled people into employment by 2027.

“Thanks to the hard work and positive approach of our team we are playing our part in achieving this. It is great to know our efforts are appreciated, which will undoubtedly motivate us to build upon our already strong results.”

Steve Sherry CMG OBE, Chief Executive of RBLI, said: “RBLI was established as a military charity in 1919 providing crucial welfare and employment support to ex-service personnel. Over the past 100 years we have developed a wealth of experience in supporting people into work and so now also deliver employability programmes to the wider community. 

“Employment Solutions is an integral part of our work and supports those who may be struggling to remain in employment or to fulfil their potential in the work place. While we might be better known for our work supporting disabled or former armed forces personnel we are increasingly being called upon to apply our expertise and experience to help individuals across the country overcome multiple challenges by securing and sustaining a job.”

RBLI’s Employment Solutions division, which has been supporting people into work for more than 20 years, delivers numerous employability programmes across Kent from a range of main and outreach offices including in Ashford, Chatham, Dartford, Dover, Margate, Sheerness and Tonbridge.

During 2017/18, Employment Solutions helped more than 11,000 people find a job or stay in work.