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“I was desperate to get back to work but lacked confidence and started to doubt that any employer would want to take me on” 

A thriving partnership between Marks & Spencer and Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment services for disabled and disadvantaged people, has notched up its 2,000th jobs success.

Eliese Bull became the milestone 2,000th Remploy candidate to be recruited by M&S when she landed a job as a bakery assistant at the retailer’s Simply Food store in Camden, north London.

The 34-year-old mum from nearby Archway was unemployed for two years and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. “I worked for 10 years as a health care assistant but had to give up when my daughter was born three years ago,” she explained. “I was desperate to get back to work but I lacked confidence and started to doubt that any employer would want to take me on.”

It was only when Eliese was referred to Remploy’s Caledonian Road branch in London for specialist support with her job searching that she began to regain her self-belief. The support paid off when Eliese successfully completed a Marks & Spencer development session, which allowed her to secure an interview directly with M&S in Camden. She impressed them straightaway, and was offered a full time role in the busy bakery.

Her new role involves 5am starts, ensuring bread and pastries are in the oven and ready for the store opening two hours later. “I don’t mind having to be up early. The important thing is I have a job I enjoy and I am happy again. I’ve regained by financial independence and have made many new friends. Life couldn’t be better.”

Bakery manager Karen Stokes added: “Eliese has a bubbly personality, which is just what is needed for a career in the retail sector. The great thing about having a job at M&S is that provided you are willing to work hard and use your initiative, there are no limits to what you can achieve.”

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