Francesca lands her first job
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Part of:
- Specialist disability employment support real life stories
- First published:
- 15 April 2013
A groundbreaking partnership between John Lewis in Cheadle and Remploy led to a disabled woman from Stockport securing her first job.
Being in work makes it feel as though I have value…
A groundbreaking partnership between the John Lewis store in Cheadle and Remploy has resulted in a disabled woman from Stockport securing her first job.
Francesca Martinelli, 21, has cerebral palsy and despite applying for dozens of jobs found it impossible to persuade employers to see beyond her disability and offer her the chance of life transforming work.
However, undeterred, she expanded her skills and experience through work trials and volunteering and with the support of Remploy’s specialist recruitment services, her determination to succeed eventually paid off.
Francesca, who is now a sales assistant on John Lewis’ electrical department, said: ‘Being in work makes it feel as though I have value and I really enjoy the challenges each day brings.’
Remploy helped Francesca develop her job seeking skills, write effective CVs and provided experience of job interviews.
Meanwhile, John Lewis’ recruitment coordinator Amanda Mattison was working with Remploy’s employment specialists in Stockport to find the right people to fill the company’s vacancies.
I have learnt that Remploy’s candidates are work-ready and conscientious, which means they are ideal for a busy retailer like John Lewis. This has been a very positive experience and one we plan to roll out in our other stores in the region.
Remploy is the UK’s leading provider of specialist employment services to people who experience complex barriers to work.
Published: 15 April 2013