Family double for Brett and Jessica
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- Specialist disability employment support real life stories and Employment
- 15 April 2013
Brother and sister Brett and Jessica Senior have reason to smile after starting their first permanent jobs with help from Remploy.
My confidence was low when I first registered with Remploy but the help I received gave me self belief.
Brother and sister Brett and Jessica Senior have reason to smile after starting their first permanent jobs within days of each other. Jessica, 19, is working as a receptionist and admin assistant at Express Coatings, having shone during a two month work placement at the Sheffield firm.
The former college student, who has a visual impairment caused by the genetic condition Retinitis Pigmentosa, received specialist support from Remploy’s Sheffield branch. An innovative partnership with Sheffield City Council, enabled the branch to open a Visual Impairment Suite with a range of high-tech IT equipment designed for partially sighted and blind people.
Brett, who also has Retinitis Pigmentosa, had been unemployed for two years after leaving college. The 21-year-old, who registered with Remploy on his sister’s recommendation, is now working as an assembly operator for confectionary maker Cadbury Trebor Bassett in Sheffield.
Brett and Jessica both received support from Remploy with job searching skills including writing an effective CV, interview techniques and all-important confidence building.
‘My confidence was low when I first registered with Remploy but the help I received gave me self belief,’ said Jessica who is now working towards an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration.
Added Brett: ‘Being unemployed for so long was no fun, so it’s fantastic to have a job at last. I’ve met lots of new people and already made some good friends.’
Jade Pullen, a Special Services Employment Advisor at Remploy’s Sheffield branch said: ‘Only one third of people who are registered blind or partially sighted are in work. But Brett and Jessica’s success shows that the combination of tailored services and specialist equipment can provide an effective pathway to sustainable mainstream employment.’
Remploy is the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services to people who experience complex barriers to work.
Published: 15 April 2013