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“I love the buzz of working at McDonald’s”

Jasmine Copestick struggled to find work when she left college and isn’t afraid to admit that at times she despaired of ever having a job.

But life changed for the 24-year-old from Brierley Hill in the West Midlands when she was referred to Remploy for specialist support with her job searching.

Within months she swapped the frustration of unemployment for the euphoria of having a permanent job as a lobby host at McDonald’s busy Castle Gate restaurant in Dudley.

“I applied for so many jobs, I actually lost count,” recalled Jasmine who has epilepsy. “But from the minute I walked through the door of Remploy’s branch in Wolverhampton, I felt someone was on my side at last.”

Remploy’s support helped restore Jasmine’s confidence and self-esteem and convinced her that she had many of the skills employers want.

“My CV was given a much-needed makeover and I received help filling out application forms.  I also attended employer workshops, which was how I was put in touch with McDonald’s. My Remploy employment advisor organised a two-week work trial for me at the Dudley restaurant and at the end of it I was given the news I had been waiting so long to hear - ‘you’ve got the job’.”

“Jasmine is making great progress and always gives 100 per cent,” said Sandra Hayward, McDonald’s Castle Gate restaurant manager. “She is keen, wants to learn everyday and – most importantly – is great with customers. She always comes to work with a smile on her face.”

Added Jasmine: “I love the buzz of working at McDonald’s. It’s very busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I can see myself working here for many years to come. In fact, I’ve set my sights on becoming a restaurant manager in five to 10 years, which shows just how much my confidence has grown in such a short space of time.

“I’m grateful to McDonald’s for giving me this opportunity and Remploy for believing in me and setting me on the path to a fulfilling career. I can honestly say that without Remploy’s help I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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