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three co-op workers smiling holding a shopping trolley“Being unemployed made me feel really worthless.”

A Staffordshire woman who turned to disability employment specialists Remploy to help her find a job has successfully ended her three-year hunt for work.

Rebecca Moore, 42, has just accepted a permanent position as a retail assistant at the Co-op in Tunstall after she successfully completed a work experience programme which provides opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people to gain new skills and improved employability.

Rebecca, who has a learning disability, saw her commitment, enthusiasm and the complete transformation in her confidence convince bosses at the community retailer to offer her a permanent position. “Being unemployed made me feel really worthless,” said Rebecca, who previously worked at a local care home. “I had hoped it would not be too difficult to find another job, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I attended many different courses to help improve myself, but when it came to applying for vacancies it seemed like employers just didn’t want to know. My confidence nose-dived, and the harder it became.”

Rebecca was referred to Remploy by Jobcentre Plus and, as soon as she started to believe in them, she began to believe in herself once again. When it came to undertaking a work placement at the High Lane store, Rebecca was determined to make a success of it.

“She came with the right attitude,” said store manager Amber Alcock. “Whilst she was very quiet and unsure of herself at first, that soon changed and she quickly became indispensable. Rebecca gets on really well with her colleagues and with our customers and she’s good at her job. The Coop is investing to transform and grow its convenience business and is looking for enthusiastic people of all ages and backgrounds with a passion for food, community and customer service.”

“Working with Remploy helps businesses such as The Co-op reach a wider pool of potential employees and Rebecca is a great example of how the scheme works at its best,” added Robert Leach, who’s a Specialist Services Employment Advisor at Remploy. “Without The Co-op’s willingness to offer opportunities to people in the wider community, they would be missing out on a bank of talent. The result is that companies are employing more and more people from diverse backgrounds that reflect the communities of which they are a part.”

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