Gemma Barker is celebrating the fact that she has just secured her first job since leaving full-time education.
23-year-old Gemma has Turners Syndrome, which can affect her learning and concentration. Although she had undertaken various temporary work experience placements and completed an NVQ since leaving school, Gemma was struggling to make the transition from education into employment on a more permanent basis.
Thanks to support from Remploy’s Coventry branch, Gemma is now enjoying her new job as an accounts payable clerk in the exchequer services division of Coventry City Council.
After helping Gemma to improve her employability skills, advisors at the branch arranged for her to attend a two-week work trial with the council as an accounts payable clerk and administrator. Gemma quickly made her mark and the temporary trial became a paid position.
“I’m enjoying meeting new people and just having the routine of going in to work every day,” said Gemma. “I’m glad I went on the key skills training as it helped prepare me for working life and gave me the confidence to do well.”
Exchequer’s operational manager, Mandy Wainwright, said: “Gemma impressed us so much during her work trial that we offered her a position before it had even finished! She’s settled in to the team quickly and is always friendly and pleasant. If she’s unsure of anything she’s not afraid to ask for help, and she works very well on her own initiative.”
Catherine Parker, the Exchequer Services manager, said: “The council’s disability equality scheme demonstrates it is committed to promoting opportunities for disabled people and in particular increasing the number of disabled people that it employs.”