Ray is 28 years old and lives in supported accommodation in Chester. He recently completed a very successful 8 week placement at Homebase where he worked as a General Assistant in the garden department.
When we first met him, Ray lacked confidence and we were unsure whether he would have the necessary enthusiasm and commitment to see a placement through. Ray proved that we had nothing to worry about! He never missed a day and was always on time. He undertook all tasks asked of him with enthusiasm and never complained. He dealt with customers well and was well liked by all of his colleagues at the store.
Ray had the support of a job coach throughout his placement but was able to work for long periods unsupervised and was an independent member of staff by the end of the placement. It is fair to say that Ray is now ‘work ready’.
Following his placement Ray has decided that he would like a permanent job in a garden centre, and he has shown that he has the confidence, skills and commitment to hold down a permanent job. We hope to work with Ray to help him target vacancies in the near future.