Life changed for 44 year old Edward Sulman from Swansea in April 2013, when he stepped on a small piece of glass resulting in the end of his career as a chef. The glass got stuck in his foot while walking home from work and sadly due to infection and complications, his right leg had to be amputated below the knee.
Edward, who uses a mobility scooter to help him get around, suffers constant pain in his leg and found walking and standing for long periods of time so difficult that he had to give up work. However, with support from Remploy, the disability employment specialists, he now has a new position with Admiral insurance.
"Life took a dramatic turn for me and suddenly I was thrust into a situation I didn't expect to be in," said Edward. "I was keen to get back into work but found it a struggle, as it was a long time since I'd had an interview for a job. My Remploy Advisor Victoria talked about all the opportunities available to me and gave me an idea of the different training courses I could access. The support and knowledge I got from Remploy really helped me to move on at a particularly challenging time in my life."
Edward who has been married to his wife Enid for 20 years is hoping to be fitted with a new hi-tech prosthetic leg this year making it easier for him to get around. He said: "My main aim is to be able to walk again but at the moment I am just talking every day as it comes. I was keen to get back into work which I have achieved, so now I am looking forward to my career with Admiral!"
Edward was put on a programme with Admiral Recruitment to equip him with all the necessary tools to get back into work. The mentoring programme which is facilitated by the Admiral Recruitment team offers the opportunity to improve employment skills such as application and interview techniques, as well as offering candidates the chance to engage in mock interviews with experienced recruitment staff. It also helps with interpersonal skills such as communication, negotiation, teamwork and problem solving. This enables candidates to improve their confidence and aptitude to ultimately integrate back into a working environment and secure a job that showcases their individual talents and abilities.
Nicola Draper- Walters, Recruitment Officer for Admiral Insurance said: "Edward is a credit in the way he has dealt with his accident and this massive life change. He is so passionate and enthusiastic, even when he is in extreme pain due to his injury. Edward is an asset to the programme and we really enjoy working with him. Admiral is a diverse company and we're happy to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of future and current employees. We wouldn't want to miss out on the opportunity to work with passionate people like Ed and I hope he has a long and successful career ahead of him."