AN ORGANISATION helping disabled people into work has secured four jobs since the launch of its new office in York.

Bosses at Remploy say they expect to now see that number rise "significantly" as their caseload increases and employers become aware of Remploy's presence in the city through its office in Priory Street.

The new office marks a return to the city for Remploy, which used to operate a factory in Redeness Street making decontamination suits for the military until it closed in 2008.

Pete Scott, a Remploy employment advisor, who works in the new office three days a week providing a range of employment services said: “I get a huge amount of satisfaction from my job, providing support to people who in many cases have significant barriers to work.

“An important part of my role now is to get to know local employers and make sure they are aware of the full range of services we offer and how we can help meet their employment needs.”

Pete joined Remploy in February, having worked for five years in the employment services sector and before that in retailing.

He added: "It’s exciting to be in on the start of something.

"My aim is to play a part in transforming the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people in York by helping them to secure and retain secure jobs.”

Nationally, Remploy found 18,500 jobs for disabled and disadvantaged people last year, a four per cent increase compared to the previous 12 months. The number supported the Government’s Work Choice programme for people with more severe disabilities or health conditions which increased by more than 7 per cent.