“Remploy gave me the confidence to get back to work”
John Harris was an early success story for Remploy when it opened its Bridgend branch in May 2010.
Local man John, 69, who had worked in heavy industry for nearly all his working life, decided he wanted to return to employment despite having mobility issues and being beyond the retirement age.
Now working for ASDA in Bridgend, John praised Remploy for their support. “They helped me create a CV – something I had never had to do before – and gave me interview training. More than anything, they gave me the confidence I needed to get back to work.”
John returned to the Bridgend branch in July 2010 to celebrate its official opening by Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales. Congratulating John on his success in finding work, the First Minister also praised branch staff for supporting 40 people into work in just over two months. “This branch is about the people who make it work, and that includes Remploy’s employment services professionals and its candidates,” he said.
“I’m pleased to see that 40 people who have found it challenging to secure employment have now got jobs, and I’m looking forward to seeing that number significantly increase as the branch establishes itself in the town.”
Sophie O’Kelly, Bridgend branch manager explained that Remploy works closely with candidates and employer partners, such as ASDA, to find the right person for the right job. “Remploy’s mission locally and nationally is to help people to transform their lives through the social and financial benefits which a job brings,” she said.