During his assessment with the Employment Development Officer, Gary said that he would like to work and to help people. His hope was that WorkFit would support him to find work that would give him an opportunity to help people.

Gary wanted to work because he had seen his mum successfully manage her own hairdressing business for a number of years. Gary’s brother and sister are also in employment which was another inspiration for him.

Gary was flexible about types of work, but he was keen to find an active job rather than a sedentary role.

Following a meeting with a garage owner, a work placement was organised. WorkFit training was delivered to Mr Reed and another staff member who was identified as a natural mentor for Gary.

The following feedback was given after the WorkFit training:

“It has made me more informed”.

“We treat Gary and people with learning difficulties with the care and support that everyone needs”.

In December 2014, Gary began a twelve week placement at the garage. Working closely with his mentor, Gary has developed the skills required to valet both the interior and exterior of cars in preparation for sale. This is important work as the cars must always look their best for potential customers.

Gary’s mentor said: “There is a lot to learn, but Gary is a good learner; thorough in his work and keen to develop new skills”.

Gary said: “I like working outside and I love the job”. The transferable skills that Gary is learning during his placement at the garage will help him to gain paid work locally.