Jose's on the night shift at Asda
35-year-old José Matondo says finding a job with ASDA with support from Remploy has completely changed his life
José has a long term health condition and had received benefits for six years since moving to the UK from Angola. He was given support by the Birmingham branch team to look for suitable job vacancies, as well as guidance on producing a new CV and developing his interview skills.
Within six weeks, José’s hard work had paid off when he found a job with ASDA’s Minworth store, working four nights a week on the chilled food department. He collects produce from the warehouse and keeps the cabinets and shelves fully stocked.
“I love working at ASDA, everyone is very friendly and helpful,” said José. “Working at night is a lot of fun and the time just flies by. It also means I have time to meet my friends on the three days that I’m not working.”
ASDA Minworth’s people manager, Heather Butler, is delighted with Jose’s progress so far. “I have received excellent feedback on José from our night managers who have noticed a real change in him since he started with us,” she said. “He has adapted to the role and is so enthusiastic.”
José has now been working at the store for six months and says getting back to work has had a hugely positive effect on him.
He said: “I can now get out and about and meet people. I have my own money and can pay my own rent instead of being on benefits. Everything has changed.
“Before I came to Remploy, I was starting to think that maybe I would never be able to work but now I know I can. My health has improved and I am a new person.”