Remploy’s Candidates are Lovin’ it at McDonald’s
In recognition of Learning Disability Awareness Week which took place between 19-25 June the IEP is pleased to showcase the work of Remploy’s Project Dynamo which aims to increase the employment rate of people with learning disabilities, which at just 6 per cent is the lowest rate of employment among all disabled people.
Through Project Dynamo, Remploy experts deliver specialist learning disability training to existing McDonald’s staff, developing their skills and enabling them to take on a job coach role to support individuals with a learning disability.
As well as offering candidates support from Remploy Employment Advisers, Project Dynamo also provides support from a job coach within the business, which enables the person with a learning disability to settle quicker and also adds new skills to the workforce, creating a more inclusive working environment.
Blake, who has a learning disability, said: “Working has changed my life! I was unemployed for a year and a half after I left college, it was really tough because I made lots of friends while I was there but lost touch with them after. Getting a job has helped me to socialise again and I have so much more confidence than I did. I work on the drive through as well as front of house, serving food to customers and welcoming them.” Read more about Blake.
Len said: “I always wanted to find a proper job of my own. I just couldn’t do interviews, so this programme really helped as I got to show McDonald’s what I can do and how I can help them. I used to be quite shy but having a job has helped me to be more confident and I now feel comfortable talking to people, and asking for help if I need it.” Read Len’s story here
Sarah said: “I always thought I couldn’t work because of my epilepsy. Not many people understand how horrible it makes you feel, but I have medication to control the fitting now and I just need to be careful doing certain tasks to make sure they are not triggers. Trying to find work was really stressful and I thought my condition would restrict what I could do. I’m really enjoying my job with McDonald’s though and I’m hoping to have a successful career with them.” Read more about Sarah
For more information about Project Dynamo go to www.remploy.co.uk