Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind
MTIB is an established charity, which has provided training, development and employment opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people to gain and sustain employment since 1923. Following MTIB’s successful £3m European Objective 1 funded Blueprint Project; we now have state of the art facilities and resources at Triangle Business Park in Pentrebach. Here, we directly employ 49 staff in within a Supported Business and our Training and Employment business.
The Supported business provides a woodworking service manufacturing wood, card and fibre-board components predominantly for the furniture and office industry. We also sell bespoke quality wooden garden sheds and playhouses and a small range of garden furniture to the retail market through e-commerce. We plan to develop and expand the range with other products as well as introducing the manufacture of bespoke wooden engraved plaques.
The Training and Employment business delivers Work Choice as a subcontractor, along with 2 SLA’s from the local council to provide direct employment and to offer training and work placements for clients with severe learning disabilities who would otherwise attend Day Service Centres. MTIB is an Agored Cymru accredited training centre delivering employability skills, specific vocational courses and IT training. These services are used to deliver various smaller contracts and training directly to organisations.
MTIB would consider investing in any product or service business opportunity that would help sustain the employment of its disabled and disadvantaged employees.