State Secretary Jetta Klijnsma of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and Herna Verhagen, CEO of PostNL, met a number of enthusiastic employees from the company Promen in Gouda and the Haeghe Groep in The Hague. These employees have been working at the parcel depot or as mail deliverers in their respective districts in The Hague for over a year now. Employees from social employment organisations are seconded to PostNL on a long-term basis. The social employment organisation is responsible for recruitment, training and the daily scheduling and supervision on the work floor.
Herna Verhagen, CEO of PostNL: "Part of the social policy of PostNL is the creation of jobs for people distant from the labour market. The labour processes at Mail and Parcels are very suitable for these jobs. It is our experience that these motivated employees are doing a great job as mail deliverers. To ensure successful employment of people distant from the labour market, the accompaniment of social employment organisations is crucial."
Partnership PostNL, Locus and Cedris
PostNL, Locus and Cedris have come to an agreement on a long-lasting partnership in the Netherlands. Locus and Cedris bring together PostNL, specific municipalities and their social services and social employment organisations in the region. With the specific knowledge and skills available in the Locus network, all parties involved can also get to work in other regions in a good way.
Hanne Overbeek, managing director of Locus: "Working as a mail deliverer is a useful, independent and healthy job. We know from experience that also people with a labour impairment, who work at a social employment organisation, can develop to be mail deliverers. For people on welfare working as part-time mail deliverer, this is an excellent first step on the labour market. Applying for a position from a job is easier than from a social-security situation."
Employees at some distance from the labour market
It concerns employees from social employment organisations with a labour impairment and to whom the Dutch Social Employment Act (WSW) applies and people on social security (Work and Assistance Act, WWB). These people will only be employed when PostNL has local vacancies available. Next to that, local social employment organisations should have employees available that are suited for this works. In addition, PostNL continues to recruit part-time mail deliverers the regular way.
PostNL has already started to employ people distant from the labour market in Eindhoven, Ede, Alkmaar and Groningen.
We are PostNL. The postal and logistic solutions provider. For our customers, we are the link between the physical and the online world. We facilitate communications between people and companies. We deliver parcels seven days a week and letters five days a week. On an average day, we deliver 575,000 parcels and 9 million letters throughout the Benelux. We offer more and more new services through combinations of smart networks, digital applications and the right communications channels. In doing so, we aim to make the daily lives of our customers easier.
As the first listed postal company, we have the largest and most modern network for letters, parcels and e-commerce in the Benelux countries. In addition, we also operate in Germany, Italy and eight other countries across the world. PostNL employs a total of 46,000 people. With our loyal workforce, extensive networks and innovative drive, our ambition is to be the leading postal and logistics solutions provider in chosen markets. In 2016 our revenues reached €3,4 billion.
Cedris is the sector organisation of 90 social employment organisations. Social employment organisations support people who are distant from the labour market in finding a job. In sheltered workplaces, but preferably with regular companies. Social employment organisations are experienced with the target group, know the regional labour market and are experts in finding a good match with employers. They can take away the administrative burden, risks and supervision.