Rebecca's retail career takes off in Tunstall | Remploy

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Published Thursday, 23rd June 2016

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

three co-op workers smiling holding a shopping trolley

Rebecca Moore, 42, has just accepted a permanent position as a retail assistant at the Co-op in the town 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 Co-op 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 – people who really want to work, but often find it hard to get a job because of their disability. The result is that companies are employing more and more people from diverse backgrounds that reflect the communities of which they are a part.”


Photo caption: Loving her job: Rebecca Moore, right with the support of her manager Amber Alcock and Remploy’s Robert Leach.

For further information, please contact:

David Felton, Remploy

07803 214682

Remploy 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 Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS
  • Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help maintain in employment people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues
  • It invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service
  • In 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 in the joint venture in which Remploy employees have a 30% stake.