Case study - Sam

Success for Sam.

"Sam is a very positive individual with a determination to succeed."

After leaving education in 2011 Sam decided to try volunteer work in and around Stroud close to where he lives hoping that the experience of working would help him find paid employment in the future.

Sam has a learning disability, namely PTLS (Potocki-Lupski Syndrome). He has a delay in reaching is goals and aspirations and needs help with learning new tasks. This has never deterred Sam from going about things the best way he could and between 2011 and 2014 managed to acquire several interesting volunteer roles:

  • Wilkinsons Retail Store where he worked on the shop floor.
  • The Cotswold Care Hospice where he had several outdoor gardening duties.
  • The Cotswold Canal Trust where he worked along-side several tradesman refurbishing the canal towpaths.
  • Stroud District Council where he tried reception work and various duties.
  • Landscape Group where he worked as a gardener.
  • The Stroud valley Project where he worked for a year helping the team with conservation work.

Despite his experiences Sam found it difficult to progress into the Job Market. Not deterred and supported by his parents, Sam joined the FORWARDS JOB CLUB in STROUD in November 2014 where he learnt new communication skills, how to be more confident, how to build a CV and practiced preparing for job interviews.

After only four months of Forwards support and supported by his Job Broker, in January 2015 Sam passed an interview with a dynamic company called Snow Business based close to his home. Supported by a Job Coach funded by Access To Work, Sam started work for sixteen hours a week as a cleaner / Mill Assistant the following February.

Management at Snow Business were extremely supportive towards Sam and as part of their company ethos were prepared to work with Sam and his Job Coach to help him settle into his role for the first few weeks from starting his new job.

His Job is varied and involves working in several different locations. His Job Coach worked with Sam for three months and Systematic Instruction was used to help Sam become familiar with his tasks. Support was gradually withdrawn until the time came when Sam became independent in his work place.

Snow Business is a very visual company so keeping their international office looking good was high priority:

"Sam feels he has the best job ever!"

Some of the tasks Sam undertakes are:

"The two most common barriers to work among adults with impairments are a lack of job opportunities (43%), and difficulty with transport (29%)"