David_ContentDavid (20) now works 20 hours a week at Dronsfields, a leading supplier of new and second hand Mercedes spare car parts. He is a valued member of the team, described as friendly, polite, punctual and reliable, and is really proud of his achievements in getting paid employment. David also has a severe learning disability.

Whilst at school, David had a work experience placement in a manufacturing company supported by TiE, but had decided to go on to college rather than going straight into paid work. At college, David had another person-centred review and decided that he wanted to get a paid job when he left college.

With support from Oldham College, David started a long-term work placement at Dronsfields, where he picked, marked, packaged and dispatched parts for their large mail order business. He and his family also had support from an employment mentor from TiE to help them prepare for paid employment.

David's mentor arranged an extension to his placement, with paid employment as the end goal. In July 2010, David left Oldham College, having secured a paid job at Dronsfields of two days a week. Since then, David has increased his hours with support and advice from his mentor, and has qualified for Working Tax Credits.


This story has been reproduced from the Getting A Life programme website with kind permission.