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Oliver’s on course for a great career at the golf club

28 Nov 2016

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20 year old Oliver Smith, from Gloucester, is proving to be a big hit at Bells Golf Club and Hotel in Coleford. 

Oliver has a learning disability and dreams of living independently, now he is now on par to realise his goal, with the offer of his first paid job.

I currently live with my parents,” he said, “but the next step for me now I have a paid job is to stand on my own two feet. Having a wage will also help me because I’m a new driver and it can be expensive to keep a car on the road.”

Oliver was part of a Supported Internship programme through Gloucestershire College with support from Remploy, the disability employment specialists. They are a vital tool in helping young people with learning disabilities transition from education into employment, and improve the employment rate for people with a learning disability, which is just 6%. 
Oliver said: “The one to one coaching I got from Remploy was really helpful, as well as advice about doing the job and coping in certain situations, which made me feel much more confident.  I’m really excited to be offered my first job!”
Oliver’s tasks as part of his placement at Bells Golf Club have been varied and include; kitchen work, food preparation, serving customers, site maintenance duties, golf buggy cleaning and driving, helping to set up events and hotel porter tasks.
Lorraine Symonds, HR Manager at Bells Golf Club and Hotel said: “The Supported Internship route has been great for us and Oliver who has shown real commitment to his role. With the fantastic support we received from Remploy we concentrated on the skills he has and what he can do. We’re delighted to now be in the position to offer him a paid role with us.”