Work placement initiative a success

DPS Digital's Managing Director Matt Savage welcoming Kevin Pinder to the team following a 12 week placement. EMN-150915-134508001
DPS Digital's Managing Director Matt Savage welcoming Kevin Pinder to the team following a 12 week placement. EMN-150915-134508001

A Sleaford printing company has taken on a new member of staff getting on board with an innovative work placement scheme.

Kevin Pinder, 47, had been working as a printer in London for 11 years when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2009. Following an operation to remove the tumour in January 2010, Kevin moved to Sleaford to recuperate with the support of his family.

The four years of recovery were tough on Kevin, but once he felt well enough to return to work he attended sessions at his local Jobcentre Plus.

Initially Kevin found it difficult to secure a job which would allow him to put his well-established skills within the print industry to good use and take into account his recent rehabilitation. Then a member of the Jobcentre Plus team suggested he get in touch with the Shaw Trust – a national charity which runs a work placement scheme, which placed Kevin with DPS Digital in Sleaford.

The scheme runs for 12 weeks and guides people who need some additional support as they start or return to employment, helping them achieve a more self-reliant and rewarding life, leading to work, inclusion and independence.

“Working at DPS Digital has really boosted my confidence,” said Kevin. “The team have supported me as I returned to work after a difficult few years. I hadn’t realised quite how much I missed the workplace camaraderie during my time away, so it’s nice to get back into it.”

Kevin has just completed his placement with DPS Digital, where he works four mornings a week. The part-time hours provide him with an opportunity to continue his recovery as well as enjoy some quality time doing the things he loves.

Matt Savage, managing director of DPS Digital, said: “I’m really pleased that Kevin joined us for his work placement. I hope we’ve helped him get back into the routine of work and supported him as he’s built up his confidence.

“When he joined us I was immediately impressed by his skills and commitment and together we have overcome some of the challenges he faced when he returned to the workplace for the first time in many years. I am really pleased to be able to offer Kevin a permanent position as a member of the DPS team.”

DPS Digital was set up by Mr Savage in 2004 and now employs 14 staff at its sites on Handley Street in Sleaford and Wide Bargate in Boston. Clients include leading tenant referencing and rental insurance provider HomeLet, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and personalised greeting cards supplier Moonpig.com.