Posted 29.04.2021

Here's a great story from the Prince's Trust about Stephen Millar, aged 25 from Ballymena, who worked in the construction industry for seven years before being let go in January 2020 due to a lack of available work, and is now, with support from the Prince's Trust and our Job Match team working with Tesco in a permanent role.

Stephen has ADHD which affects his concentration. Because of his condition he receives support looking for work from Disability Action and his Job Match Supported Employment Officer Heather, told him about The Prince’s Trust Get into Retail programme with Tesco and he decided to give it a try.

Get into Retail is a training and mentoring scheme that gives young people aged 16-30, not currently in full time employment, education or training, the skills, experience and confidence they need to find a job. Stephen was placed in the Ballymena store during the three-week programme.

Stephen said:

I worked in a few different departments and learnt a lot about how retail works. I was assigned a ‘buddy’ manager who helped me and gave me useful feedback. At the end of the three weeks I was offered a temporary contract over the Christmas period and I was delighted, it felt great to be earning money again. 

While on his temporary contract Stephen continued to work with the Prince’s Trust on application advice and interview tips. He applied for a permanent role in the online shopping department of Tesco and was successful. 

Now that I’m in work I can still receive support from Disability Action with settling into my role. I’m so grateful to them and The Prince’s Trust for helping me to find this job.

Read Stephen's full story

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