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Remploy transforming the recruitment process in Gloucestershire

When Jonathan Moffitt of Auditel needed a market research assistant, his willingness to keep an open mind about the best candidate has landed him a star. By working with Remploy and local deaf charity GDA, a suitable candidate was found within days and the speed at which his new member of staff has settled into her role has exceeded Jonathan's expectations.

Jonathan was inspired to provide an opportunity for someone with hearing impairment after meeting two deaf young people who visited local business group Gloucestershire Independent Network (GIN) to talk through a sign language interpreter about a fundraising challenge they were about to undertake. He said, 'It is a massive undertaking for anyone, let alone someone facing the additional challenge of a disability and they certainly raised my awareness of how obstacles can be managed given appropriate support. It got me thinking when I then thought about the market research project I had, and just how it might work with a deaf person in the position. My assistant has started to work for me and is proving excellent. The fact that she is deaf has caused minimal problems which we resolved easily.'

Remploy assists those with disabilities to find work and support employers through the process. Simon Johnson ensured that the logistics of Jonathan employing his new assistant were handled smoothly. He said, 'What can often deter employers from looking at disabled candidates is concern about what is required. I can help with short listing, interviewing, checking contracts and ensuring all necessary adaptations are undertaken. The additional bonus of contacting Remploy when you are recruiting is that because we are government funded, we can offer comprehensive recruitment services free of charge. In this particular case, we had the bonus of being able to call upon GDA's understanding of deafness and how any problems in the workplace can be overcome'

Jenny Hopkins, GDA's CEO is delighted with the outcome as well. She said, 'In the past four months we have worked closely with Remploy to find employment and work experience opportunities for six deaf people. We can also reassure Gloucestershire employers that GDA's support is ongoing.'

Jenny will be speaking about employment of deaf people at the GIN breakfast meeting at the Hatherley Manor Hotel, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9QA on Thursday, 5thDecember. The meeting starts at 6:45 am and the cost is £10 for breakfast. Please contact Jonathan Moffitt (01242 701672, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (if you want to come to the GIN meeting).

To discover how employing a disabled person can deliver real social and economic value for your business while helping you to fulfill the diversity and inclusion policies within your CSR agenda visit www.remploy.co.uk or email Simon Johnson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Jonathan Moffitt, Auditel Consultant
01242 701672
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Jenny Hopkins, Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire Deaf Association (GDA)
01452 372999
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Simon Johnson, Manager at Remploy
07903 847534
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