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Expanding restaurant chain Tim Hortons team up with Remploy to staff new branches in Scotland

Fair Start Scotland participant, Casey, working at Tim Hortons

REMPLOY is celebrating its partnership with leading employer, Tim Hortons, to help local people in Tayside secure sustainable employment.

Since August 2022, Remploy has been supporting multinational coffee house and restaurant chain Tim Hortons to recruit in Scotland as part of the firm’s UK-wide expansion. 

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Through the Fair Start Scotland programme, funded by DWP, more than 22 Remploy participants have started work at the company’s new Dundee restaurant over the last six months – with several participants already promoted since joining the firm.

Remploy, a Maximus company, works with over 200 leading employers across Scotland to support their recruitment whilst sourcing employment opportunities for participants. Through its expertise and community links, Remploy has become a valuable partner to businesses in the Hospitality sector – a major contributor to the Scottish economy. 

This includes helping local employers to address significant pandemic-related challenges in recruiting and retaining quality staff. Eighty percent of Scottish firms currently report that applicants lack the skills required for the job.

Delivered across Tayside and Lanarkshire, Fair Start Scotland offers up to 18 months of tailored, one-to-one support for those not in education or currently employed, to overcome barriers and access local employment opportunities. 

Commenting on the relationship, Kristopher Gault, Area Manager at Tim Hortons said: “With Covid, it’s been quite turbulent trying to hire and maintain staff in the hospitality sector. The pandemic affected recruitment and the stability of workforces, which is why we are working alongside Remploy – to bring new people into our business and help them to build a brighter future.”

Sam Wilson, Regional Area Manager at Tim Hortons, added: “We have created a great partnership and I would encourage other businesses to utilise their recruitment services. Remploy have provided candidates that are reliable, flexible, and eager to learn, and we are looking forward to continuing to work together in the future.”

Claire McGuigan, National Strategy Manager at Remploy, said: “We’re really proud to work with employers on a local and national level. We have a long history of delivering employability programmes and supporting people to overcome their barriers to employment. 

“Employers not only benefit from our cost-free recruitment service, but we can also support with upskilling their current workforce, offering disability confidence training, and helping them to become Living Wage employers.”

To find out more about how Remploy is supporting people back into work in Scotland, visit theirwebsite and to learn more about their partnership with Tim Hortons, watch their latest video here.

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