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Nigel Gregson - Nigel's back on top at Asda
“Prior to attending the course at Remploy I felt I had exhausted all my options.”

Remploy is the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services to people who experience complex barriers to work.

A Blackburn man, who was unemployed because of mental health issues, says that having a job is the best route to recovery. That’s the claim of 40-year-old Nigel Gregson who, with Remploy’s help, has retrained as a professional cleaner.

Following an intensive vocational training course delivered by Remploy at its cleaning academy in Burnley, Nigel is now working for City Facilities Management, the company contracted to keep ASDA’s stores cleaned to exacting standards. He is working at ASDA’s Blackburn store and, in his words, is on top of the world!

“Having a job has proved to be the best tonic for me,” said Nigel. “I am enjoying life, enjoying my job, and enjoying the people I meet everyday – colleagues and customers alike.”

Because of his health issues, Nigel felt he had little choice but to resign from his previous job 12 months ago. Following a period of recuperation, he started looking for work. However, it was more difficult than he ever imagined – until he was referred to Remploy.

“My specialist employment advisors helped me write an attractive CV, provided me with interview training, and then suggested I would be a good candidate for their specialist two-day cleaning course in Burnley,” said Nigel. “They were obviously right there – I was trained,
interviewed for this job and appointed, and all within a fortnight!”

Nigel’s manager Sue Mayer has relied on Remploy to provide suitable employees many times in the past.

“Disability is not important, but the right attitude to hard work certainly is – and that’s where Remploy’s candidates always score highly.”

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