The Welsh Government has unveiled a £2.4m a year scheme to help Remploy workers find alternative employment. Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews told AMs that the UK Government's decision to close 5 Remploy factories in Wales was the wrong one.
He says an Employer's Support Grant will be made available for the next four years to help firms who take on Remploy workers with wages and other costs. 183 people work at the factories which are due to close in Aberdare, Abertillery, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Wrexham.
The scheme will contribute to the costs of wages and also pay companies for all other reasonable costs that may arise from employing a disabled person, e.g. workplace modification. It will cover former disabled Remploy employees who lost their jobs in the wake of the UK Government-driven closures of Remploy factories in 2012.
Funding will be available to local authorities who can offer sheltered or suitable employment to ex-employees of Remploy for a minimum period of four years.
Employers interested in offering alternative employment in Wales via the Employer Support Grant are encouraged to register their interest with the Welsh Government within eight weeks of the Remploy factory closures.
Disabled Remploy workers who lost their jobs in 2012 can receive advice on accessing this support by contacting the Welsh Government, within eight weeks of factory closures.
Details of the scheme and how to register an interest can be found at http://business.wales.gov.uk/