Charles uses online support to get a fair start
Sixty year old Charles Greene, who has a degenerative back condition, has successfully found employment after being supported by Remploy, the disability employment specialists.
He was supported through Fair Start Scotland, a new devolved employment support service and now has a new job with Disclosure Scotland, an agency that provides criminal records disclosure services for employers.
Born in Ireland, Charles moved to Scotland to broaden his employment opportunities and prospects and has lived in Rutherglen in Lanarkshire since 2002.
Charles has had a varied work history with a background in gardening, building and retail. His gardening work led to his back condition, which makes it difficult for him to stand or sit for too long.
He said: “My mobility has been heavily affected and my back condition has forced me to resign from previous jobs. I decided to try again with Remploy on the new Fair Start Scotland service and I haven’t looked back. The overall experience of the service was great.”
The support Charles received was enhanced by Remploy’s online service which helped him with interview preparation skills and re-writing his CV.
He said: “The feedback I’ve received has always been constructive and having the opportunity to speak to an advisor whenever I need to is great. I feel that I have improved my computer and IT skills through this service as well.”
On top of using the online service, Charles also visits his advisor in branch on a weekly basis.
Sharon Wilson, Key Worker at Remploy said: “Charles is great and I was always on the lookout for jobs tailored to his skills. With double the support in place we were confident Charles would find the right job and I am delighted he was successful with Disclosure Scotland.”