Amer looks beyond disability to a sporting future | Remploy

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Published Tuesday, 24th November 2015

A young Edinburgh man’s passion for sport has helped him overcome his disabilities and secure a dream job working in sports.

Young man in a sports centre in front of sign saying Enjoy, succeed, achieve

A young Edinburgh man’s passion for sport has helped him overcome disabilities and secure his dream job working in a leisure centre.

Amer Ali, aged 18 from Portobello, Edinburgh, joined the ‘2 your future’ vocational coaching course run by Edinburgh Leisure with support from Remploy, the leading provider of specialist employment services for disabled people and those with health conditions.

Employment advisors at the Remploy branch in Earl Grey Street recognised his great passion for sport and helped him to secure a place on the course.

Although Amer , who has dyspraxia and dyslexia, had worked in a pub and been on various work experience programmes, he lacked confidence. At school he was discouraged from pursuing his dream career after being told by teachers that there was “too much competition out there” and he presumed that he could not compete in the job market because of his disabilities.

Amer said that this left him feeling let down and “without direction.” But he impressed the team at Edinburgh Leisure so much that they decided to offer him the role of Leisure Assistant and Lifeguard following his placement at their Ainslie Park leisure centre.

Remploy supported him with securing a lifeguarding qualification. “The 2 your future course really helped me and gave me a big boost in confidence. I have learned so much and now get to work in a job that I love. I am now going to have structure, a career with a sense of purpose and financial stability.”

Jack Martin, Project Development Officer at Edinburgh Leisure, said: “I work with many young people who are at a similar stage to Amer. However, I have never met a young person who is so willing to give up their own time for others. The transformation I have seen in him is inspiring.”

With his new source of income and confidence, Amer plans to further his career in the sports and leisure industry and also plans to learn to drive. “I am really confident now and looking forward to the future,” he said.

Tracy Smith, Amer’s Remploy employment advisor, said: “Amer is really keen to inspire other people. He wants to let them know that there is help out there from companies like Remploy and he has such a bright career ahead of him in a job that he loves.”


Picture caption: Amer Ali at the Ainslie Park Leisure Centre

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Notes to Editors:

  • Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.
  • Since 2010, Remploy has found more than 100,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Tesco, TC Facilities Management, Marks & Spencer, BT, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
  • Remploy has an increasing focus on providing specialist disability employment services to people with mental health conditions or learning disabilities
  • It invests in developing innovative approaches and services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
  • On 12 March 2015, Remploy entered into a joint venture with MAXIMUS, a leading operator of government health and human services programmes in the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and Saudi Arabia and on 7 April 2015 Remploy left government ownership.