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Martin joined the Work and Health Programme in February 2021, looking to secure paid work after a range of different voluntary work experiences.

With leave to remain in the UK but still awaiting an important ID document to be sent to prove his right to work to prospective employers, Martin faced a significant barrier. Martin worked closely with his Employment Coach at Activate Learning, Alistair, to identify opportunities to build up his experience of a customer service environment and of the skills needed for the modern workplace as he had not had experience of paid work since moving to the UK due to his lack of photo ID.

After a number of 1:1 coaching sessions to better understand Martin’s employment goals, Martin’s coach introduced him to the Tesco Launch Disability Work Placement Programme, arranged as a partnership between Seetec Pluss and Tesco stores. Martin was eager to attend the 2-week work placement to develop his skills of working in a customer service environment and benefited from a supportive buddy system during the placement.

Martin attended an induction at Tesco and then worked for 2 weeks in the Tesco store close to where he lives, gaining invaluable experience of anything from receiving and replenishing stock to dealing with customer enquiries. Working with a supportive team and having the additional support of a ‘buddy’, who was another member of staff in Tesco to support Martin with any queries he had, made this an incredibly positive experience for Martin. He also checked in regularly with his Employment Coach for reassurance and to ensure the scheme was going well and that he was being well supported.

Martin received some excellent feedback from the staff he worked alongside in Tesco and it put him in an excellent position to secure full time paid work as soon as his ID arrived.

After completing the Tesco placement Martin’s Employment Coach signposted him to the Asylum Welcome charity in Oxford who support refugees and asylum seekers in the county. With the support of this charity, Martin quickly received his Biometric Residence Permit which meant he could finally prove his right to work in the UK and with the support of the Work and Health Programme, overcame his main barrier to getting a job.

Since getting his ID, Martin has been extremely proactive in applying for roles. With the continuing support of his Employment Coach and interview skills support arranged through Activate Learning, Martin has now been successful in getting his first full time job in the UK and is settling into the role well!

It’s been a pleasure to see Martin grow and develop through the Work and Health Programme to the point where he is now working full time.
Well done Martin!

In partnership with Activate Learning. The Work and Health Programme is funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund.

Area: Oxfordshire

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