“I feel good, and proud of what I have achieved. I feel more confident than ever”
Scott Edwards, who has speech and hearing impairments and severe dyslexia, faced an uphill battle to find work after being made redundant from his previous job in catering.
But thanks to Remploy and the Marks & Start scheme, Marks & Spencer’s community flagship programme, Scott has found a fulfilling career. After a year out of work, he was referred to Remploy’s London specialist employment services branch at Waterloo where he received tailored support with job searching, interview techniques and confidence building.
The support paid off when Scott secured a two week work placement on Marks & Start.
Now in its sixth year, the Marks & Start initiative aims to provide better access to employment for lone parents, homeless, disabled and young and long-term unemployed people. It provides participants with a specially designed work experience to help rebuild confidence and develop new skills for life and work.
Just days after successfully completing the placement, Scott accepted an offer of a permanent role as a sales assistant in the food hall at the busy Brompton Road store in London.
“I enjoyed the work placement so I was thrilled when I heard I had a permanent job. I have dyslexia and I struggle with reading, I also find it very hard to communicate when nervous or under pressure. Before M&S I was not given many chances at employment. I think that people saw my dyslexia and saw it as too much of a burden on them,” said Scott, aged 27.
In 2013, he met his wife-to-be and moved to M&S in Brighton where he now works in the menswear department. “As a customer assistant, I spend my time making customers happy. I take payment for their goods while talking to them about the products and in true British fashion, the weather!
“The Marks & Start programme has been life changing for me,” said Scott who lives in Hove, Sussex
Scott's story was featured in the Sun Newspaper Thursday 9 July 2015