MTIB not only directly employs people with disabilities and health conditions at its Pentrebach premises but also operates a very successful Supported Placement Scheme, where over 280 people with disabilities are supported with mainstream employers through South and Mid Wales in a wide range of jobs, that meet the differing needs of people with disabilities and reflect the demand from the local labour market.
MTIB and WORKSTEP offer a range of support to both em-ployerand individuals including disability awareness training, advice and contact support, aids and adaptations to the workplace, job coaching and even financial support to the employer to assist in overcoming barriers that the disability creates.
AWARD WINNERS: Sarah Jones, chief executive of UFi, Stephen Hopkins, MTIB IT training officer, Adrian Trythall, ICT officer and John Griffiths AM, Deputy Minister for Skills
MTIB also runs a workshop where 50 people with disabilities make products for organisations including Marks & Spencer, Wyevale and the Christie Tyler Group.
People with disabilities are underused in the job market, " says John Stacey, general manager at MTIB.
Since 1999, MTIB has been given pounds 17,500 by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales to help it to raise awareness of its work.