ANDREW Murton is grateful to be landing a new job after three years and more than 200 unsuccessful applications.
Andrew, who has clinical depression, is working on the butcher’s counter at Asda’s Boldon store.
The 46-year-old says his health has improved immeasurably since he started his new job.
Andrew, from Sunderland, was helped by Remploy’s specialist recruitment branch in Sunderland, which provides employment support for people with disabilities and health conditions. He said the organisation helped restore his self-belief.
“Out of all the jobs I applied for by myself, only about 20 employers bothered to respond,” said Andrew.
“It was so disheartening and, thinking I would never succeed, my depression spiralled. Remploy’s approach was different. They took the time to understand the issues I faced, and together we planned a way out. The results now speak for themselves.”
With Remploy’s support, Andrew enrolled on courses to improve his numeracy and literacy. He successfully acquired City and Guilds qualifications in maths and English and is now working towards gaining IT recognition.
“Improving my skills and self-confidence was the turning point,” he added. “Remploy helped me write an effective CV, gave me experience of handling job interviews and encouraged me to believe in myself. Everything then happened at lightning speed. They pointed me towards this job with Asda, I took all the tests and passed them with flying colours.
“I was then interviewed and received a phone call from Asda later the same day saying I had got the job – and it was such a tremendous boost!”
Andrew is now working full-time and has made new friends.
“I enjoy being part of a busy department within Asda, and chatting to the people I serve,” he said.
“However, I really do believe that without Remploy’s support, I would still be at home and worrying about my future. Because Remploy and Asda believed in me, I now believe in myself, and that’s made all the difference.”
Remploy’s Sunderland branch managed to escape the cut after the company announced the closure of 36 centres around the country earlier this month.