Parcelforce Worldwide Hub has received government funding to
enable the company to employ four deaf staff.
company received £24,000 from the Employment Service's Access
to Work initiative. The money helps fund a proportion of
Parcelforce's costs of employing hearing-impaired individuals.
Worldwide’s Personnel Manager Jo Freer explains:
one of the area’s major employers we were contacted by the
Employment Service with information about initiatives to
facilitate the employment of people with disabilities.
meetings with the Employment Service we were given funding
towards the cost of purchasing Deafalerter vibrating pagers
for staff with hearing difficulties, and to provide deaf
awareness training, including basic sign language, for our
a result of the initiative Parcelforce Worldwide have been able
to employee three deaf members of staff on the parcel sorting
floor: James Moseley, Arfan Dar and Sjaid Khan from Coventry.
Tony Watts from Birmingham, who is hard of hearing and who was
already employed in transport administration office, is also
benefiting from the scheme.
addition to the pagers and staff training, the Employment
Service also provide funding towards the cost of an
interpreter for team briefings, making sure that James, Arfan,
Sjaid and Tony can play their full part in team meetings, and
contribute to the discussion.
basic sign language tuition for our staff has also worked
well. People have picked it up and are using it on a daily
basis when dealing with their deaf colleagues. The initiative
overall has been very successful and we hope it will lead to
us being able to employ more hearing impaired staff in the
on the funding Employment Service Disability Employment Adviser
Margaret Ackroyd said:
am extremely pleased that Parcelforce Worldwide has provided
these employment opportunities for the deaf, and I am
confident that they will build on their success. Each employee
is proving to be a great ambassador for the deaf community.”