PostNL and Locus have agreed on a sustainable partnership between the local social employment organisations, social services and the sorting and distribution centers. Locus enters into national cooperation agreements with councils, social employment organisations and private parties to help people distant from the labour market into work. The partnership concerns a group secondment by the social employment organisation. This means that the social employment organisation is responsible for the recruitment, training, scheduling and guidance of the employees.
Gerrit Mastenbroek, General Director at PostNL Parcels: “Our experience of working with people distant from the labour market is very positive and we would like to offer them an opportunity. We have been using social employment organisations as suppliers for over eight years. They provide extremely motivated, loyal and skilled workers. Guiding employees distant from the labour market requires expertise we do not have. We want to put employees who are distant from the labour market to work in our new depots. We have started with the first group secondment together with the local social employment organisation in our pilot depot in Utrecht.”
Hanne Overbeek, managing director of Locus: “We have developed a national methodology for cooperation with local social employment organisations on the basis of our experiences in the pilot location in Utrecht, which has already been applied in four new depots. We now also intend to apply this methodology – anticipating on the Dutch legislation “werken naar vermogen” – on people on welfare. This requires collaboration between the social employment agency, social services and the depots of PostNL. Den Bosch and Hengelo are the first depots of PostNL which employ people on welfare. The national partnership will allow us to share best practices and ensure that the guidance and support of the employees meet the wishes of PostNL Parcels. By providing proper support to your employees, you let businesses take corporate social responsibility.”
Locus is a public-private partnership between national companies, municipalities and SW companies. Aim: improving employment chances of people at some distance from the labour market by better responding to business demand. To this end Locus encourages and supports the realisation of partnerships, in which the parties involved lay down partnership agreements on the basis of what has proved to be successful in practice. Locus is an initiative of Divosa (the association of social service directors) and Cedris (the umbrella organisation for SW companies) and was founded in 2011. Go to www.locusnetwerk.nl
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