(L-R) Rachel Gardiner, Head of HR for TCFM and James Kimberley, Remploy National Account Manager, with the winners of SME of the Year and the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP

A partnership between TC Facilities Management (TCFM) and disability specialists Remploy, has won the Large Employer of the Year award at the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) Employability Awards 2017.

The winners were announced at a ceremony attended by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP and hosted by BBC journalist Kirsty Lang.

TCFM, through their partnership with Remploy, have supported more than 1000 people with a disability into sustained employment over the past ten years.

Rachel Gardiner, Head of HR for TCFM commented: “We’re delighted to win the ERSA award for the Large Employer category. This is a huge achievement, especially given the calibre of the nominations for this award. Knowing that we are making a difference to people with a disability or health condition is hugely satisfying, and to receive a national award recognising this is fantastic! Our partnership with Remploy goes from strength to strength and I look forward to seeing how we will continue to grow together in the future.”

James Kimberley, Remploy National Account Manager said: “Winning the Large Employer of the Year award is a fantastic accolade for TCFM and adds to the increasing recognition they are getting for their achievements over the last ten years. They continue to develop and support disabled people into work and have pledged to support many more in the future. ”

(L-R) Rachel Gardiner, Head of HR for TCFM and the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP

This year the awards judges included Heidi Allen MP, a member of the Work and Pensions Committee in the last Parliament; a senior official from the Department for Work and Pensions; a senior researcher at the Resolution Foundation; and last year’s winner of the Adviser of the Year Award, Keith Tottingham.

The Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Penny Mordaunt MP said: “It’s truly inspiring to hear stories about the excellent work that businesses are doing to help people get into, and stay in employment.This would not be possible without the tireless efforts of frontline staff who make such a difference to people’s lives every single day. Congratulations to all this year’s winners – I hope their success will encourage others to go the extra mile in helping people to overcome any barriers to employment.”