I’ve been working for Land Securities a year and 8 months - since 2014. I got my job through Learning Disability Work Experience Week. When I was offered the job I thought it was a joke.
It's a big change for me as this week I won Land Securities Community Employment Award. I felt nervous beforehand because I didn't think I was going to win. I was even more shocked when I went up to collect the certificate and trophy!
I like all of my job; you’re never bored, there’s always something to do. I like being hands on and helping customers. Everyone has been really friendly and helpful, there haven’t been any issues since being here, were one big team! I’ve made lots of friends here, and make sure that when people leave Trinity we are friends on Facebook and arrange catch-ups.
I have become a lot more confident since starting here, it was really difficult finding a job, I don’t really understand how the work websites work, or how to put together a good CV.
There are lots of barriers to getting a job if you have a learning disability. There's filling out job applications, looking on job websites, which can be difficulty to do, then going for an interview knowing you wouldn’t get the job. It was a struggle for me.
But I worked with Mencap to find a job, and they made everything really easy for me. With help and support from someone who knows how to look into jobs, it makes it a lot easier for you.
I’ve come really far since starting here; at Christmas the management gave me a certificate and a bottle of Champagne to congratulate me on how much I have improved.
In the future I’d like to work my way up to being cleaning supervisor, I want to help people who are in the position I was; I want to help them work their way up to.
Without Mencap I wouldn’t have a job. It's very important that all employers are given Learning Disability awareness training – so they have a better understanding of what they need to do when working with people with a learning disability.
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