Jay’s journey back into employment
Jay used to work in the building trade before his acquired brain injury. He had been out of work for around 20 years after his accident.
“I worked extremely hard to rehabilitate myself and was able to overcome some massive hurdles; improving my speech, movement, and confidence. I managed to get myself to a place where I was confident to get back in to work and regain my independence. I channelled my determination and commitment and managed to gain my fitness instructor qualification.”
He was then supported by the EmployAbility Team in his role at the Guildford Spectrum Gym, as a paid instructor, winning a Surrey Choices Making a Difference Award for his work there. Unfortunately, this came to a stop during Covid as the gyms closed and they had to cut costs when things returned.
Since then, he has been looking for alternative employment, regularly attending job clubs for support in applying for roles and keeping track of applications. EmployAbility contacted Ringway, a construction engineering company about some work experience for Jay. They offered him a two week placement and if this was successful, they would offer him paid work. He has now got a three-month contract and they are building a business case to make him permanent because he is doing such a great job.
Jay’s employer told us:
“Jay is doing extremely well in terms of sorting out the stores. We keep getting compliments on his hard work and positive attitude. You can see him thriving in the environment.”
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