Derek on target to find a permanent job
Thirty year old Derek Taylor has been unemployed for 18 months but his prospects are building and his future is looking much brighter as he gains valuable work experience while also looking forward to participating in the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.
The Glaswegian is being supported by Remploy, the disability employment specialists, through Fair Start Scotland, a Scottish Government service that supports people with a disability or health condition into fair and sustainable work.
Derek has learning disabilities and admitted the difficulties it brings. He said: “I have lived and dealt with having learning disabilities all my life, but I have had great support from the people around me including my friends, family, and the team at Remploy.”
“I have been volunteering since May and I am really enjoying it. Remploy have also gave me the opportunity to build on my CV even more, as they have arranged for me to take part in a Marks and Spencer’s placement- which I am very excited about!”
As well as looking forward to his placement with M&S, Derek is getting prepared for his life-changing opportunity at the Special Olympics. He has been playing football for eight years and currently plays for a team called Scotland West. After travelling to Newcastle to trial for a position in Scotland’s national side, he managed to fend off seven others to secure his spot in the team.
“I was delighted and can’t wait for the games to come,” Derek said. “I use football as a coping mechanism when times get tough and am continuing to train weekly in preparation for 2019.”
Magdalena Guzy, Lead Employment Advisor at Remploy said: “As well as all the continuous confidence building with Derek, we believe this will give him the motivation to find work.”
She continued: “The Special Olympics is a very expensive trip for him as he has to fund his flights and accommodation, so I am hoping this gives him the extra motivation to find employment and earn money to fund this amazing opportunity.”
The support provided by Remploy, including CV preparation and confidence building, are improving Derek’s gain self-esteem and moving him closer to fair work.
Derek said: “The difference in my confidence is beginning to show and I am really positive about the future. The placements and volunteering I have been doing are helping, so I am grateful for Remploy giving me this opportunity.”
Derek is optimistic about his future, he said: “ I would like to win the gold medal at the Olympic Games. I would also like to have a paid job and one day to live in my own house with my own set of keys.”