"The help I received from Remploy…helped enormously”
James McHale from Coventry is celebrating being back in work thanks to specialist support from Remploy working in partnership with McDonald’s restaurants.
James, 20, has dyslexia and has difficulty filling out forms. When he contacted Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment for people who experience complex barriers to work, he was low on confidence after a period of unemployment.
Remploy supported James by helping with his job search, providing assistance completing application forms and then, crucially, arranging a place on McDonald’s innovative work trial scheme, where potential recruits undertake a three week trial period.
James worked at the Walsgrave restaurant near Coventry, one of more than 600 restaurants operated under franchise to McDonald’s. He proved an instant success with colleagues and customers and was offered a full-time job a week before his trial period was due to end.
“The help I received from Remploy with skills such as interview techniques, helped enormously,” said James. “It boosted my confidence and prepared me for getting back into work.”
Sarah McLean, owner of the McDonald’s franchise said James is the perfect employee.“He settled in so quickly and now is a valued member of the team.”
Sarah, who operates six other McDonald’s franchises, has a target of employing at least one Remploy candidate per restaurant before the end of the year. “Remploy is fantastic in the way it prepares people for work,” she added.
Amanda Volante, Remploy Account Manager said: “I’m delighted for James, who, with support from Remploy and McDonald’s Walsgrave, has made such tremendous progress. I’m confident that Remploy’s relationship with McDonald’s will continue to grow.”
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