Occupational Day Care

As well as training and employment, Yateley Industries provides Occupational Day Care for clients that require extra support.

Training for all the above is carried out in our workshop on an on-going basis.

The workshop operates from 9am until 4pm with a one hour lunch break. The office are open from 8:00am to 4pm.

Yateley Industries work within the Work Choice Programme, training and helping staff to find and enter mainstream employment.

Commercial Activities

Yateley Industries has its own factory on-site, which employs at any one time circa 60 disabled people, approx 6 Occupational Day clients and 4 of our able-bodied support staff.

Because of the funding streams we are able to compete on price and quality with mainstream outlets. The factory is operated on a commercial basis and our customers are gained through competition with mainstream providers. The work we do in our factory is in the fields of specialised packing, which includes machine shrink wrapping, boxing and bar coding. We also undertake light assembly and hand packing work.

Cooking Oil Delivery and Collection Service

Cooking Oil Collection

As a further stream of commercial income, Yateley run a dedicated delivery and collection service for new and old cooking oil.  Any expression of interest to use this service may be enquired from Sandra McLarry on 01252 872337or email Sandram@yateleyindustries.net.

The Future

Yateley Industries has been in existence for circa 80 years. There have been other sheltered factories and accommodation around the country for disabled people. However, with the decreasing income from Central Government and the Local Authorities, these factories have become less and less with only a handful in existence.

Because of the decreases in income, Yateley have suffered financially. Therefore, we have had to look at other resources to provide an income – so apart from the work we do in our factory – to supplement this income we have opened a charity shop, building further accommodation which will provide us with rental income and renting part of our premises to a restaurant entrepreneur.

Moving On

On and individual basis, and where appropriate, Yateley Industries assist people with disabilities to move into mainstream employment and ‘independent’ living. For people who are able to make this transition, Yateley, through their dedicated support staff, monitor and enable this transition to take place and to be successful and sustained.

Initially this is done with the financial support from Yateley and with a joint arrangement with the employer. Yateley Industries will oversee the initial placement to ensure that the arrangement is satisfactory and sustainable to all the parties. In time as the employee progresses and settles into their new role, our support is gradually withdrawn.

How to Apply

Referrals may be made via a Social Worker, DEA (Disability Employment Advisor) at the Job Centre, CDG Wise Ability (Yateley’s Prime Provider) or direct by any interested party or prospective employee. Yateley Industries recruits nation-wide and are willing to consider people with any disability.

After an initial informal interview and tour of the Industries, the following procedures are employed.

Living Assessment – If applicable, a twenty working day residential assessment, funded by the Social Services Department local to the applicant. During this period the applicant would be assessed in all aspects if Yateley’s work, social integration and independent living skills by our support and production staff.

Work Trail – If a suitable vacancy exists and assessment has been deemed to be successful by all parties, the applicant would be employed and undergo on-the-job training at the Industries for a couple of days per week over 4 weeks. During this time, the resident (if applicable) would be transferred to a shared bungalow where their living skills would be developed. At this stage long term funding is required from the applicant’s Social Services Department.