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.
PostNL is the inventive partner in the world of sending and receiving. We have been so for 200 years already. We are primarily active in the fields of mail, parcels and e-commerce, but we also offer services in the areas of data and document management, direct marketing and fulfilment. Outside the Netherlands, we are active in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium and Luxemburg. PostNL employs a total of more than 59,000 people. In 2013 our revenues reached € 4.3 billion.
We like to stay ahead of things. We are the most modern postal company in the world. We are proud of that. As the first listed postal company, we are an example to the rest of the world in automatic letter sorting. And our innovative parcels network is completely adapted to the wishes of web retailers.
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.