A disabled man from Hurst Cross, who notched up more than 500 job applications in his nine months out of work, has finally broken his unemployment with the support of specialist recruitment services provider Remploy.
Phillip Mayers, 24, has epilepsy and assumes this is the reason why businesses throughout the region have been unwilling to take him on. However, with Remploy's expertise, which supports disabled people and those who experience complex barriers to employment, Phillip has just succeeded in his ambition to work for ASDA at its 24-hour superstore in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Phillip's role is to keep the car park clear and to ensure that shopping trolleys are readily available for customers' use, a job he loves because he is able to help people - and for which he's receiving many accolades.
"Phillip always tries to go the extra mile," said boss Eileen Smith. "Our shoppers have singled him out for praise on many occasions and he's just the kind of employee we look for - committed and enthusiastic."
"I worked in the retail sector before and know just how important customers are," said Phillip. "That's why I really enjoy coming to work each day, and really appreciate the help Remploy gave me."
Phillip was referred to Remploy's specialist recruitment services branch on Union Street in Oldham by staff at Ashton's Jobcentre Plus. Over the course of two weeks with Remploy, he learnt effective ways to get a job, including how to write an attractive CV, how to apply for vacancies, and how to succeed in interviews. The advice stood him in good stead when the vacancy at ASDA arose - initially he was offered a four-week trial, but appointed to the permanent staff within days!
Phillip's just delighted to be back in work so that he can support his partner and young son. "This is the best job with the best company!" he said.
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