“Now I have a purpose, somewhere to be. I have made some great new friends and it’s great to be earning money”
Three men have benefited from a work experience pilot scheme which aims to support disabled people through a carefully planned programme and into employment.
The three spent two weeks on a work experience programme at the McDonald’s restaurant in Camden, North London and on completion of the programme were rewarded by being offered permanent posts at the restaurant.
The men were supported by Remploy at its Caledonian Road branch in London. Recognising that they did not feel confident of getting through an interview, Remploy employment advisors arranged for them to take part in the pilot scheme and attend pre placement workshops to increase their knowledge of McDonald’s and the opportunities available.
Filip Kania, restaurant manager, said: “Each of the men has put their hearts into this. They are working because they want to not because they feel they have to, and it shows in their work.”
Remploy provided interpreters for Kwaku Appenteng, aged 36 from Chingford, Essex and Lester Anderson, 56 also from Essex, who are both deaf. Lester said: “I feel proud, I have a good income and have made new friends and now I would like to progress in the company.
Kwaku moved to London last year with his wife and applied unsuccessfully for many jobs. “I did not receive benefits, so financially it was very challenging.” Afolabi Odekeye, aged 35 from Stamford Hill, north London who has depression, said: “I am so grateful that I am getting work experience”
James Rowley, of Remploy, said:” McDonald’s and Remploy designed this pilot scheme to give disabled applicants a structured and tailored approach and the results speak for themselves. Together we hope to roll this out further and give more disabled and disadvantaged applicants the opportunity to gain employment with such a fantastic employer”