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