Stuart gets a new start with M&S

Stuart gets a new start with M&S

Stuart Harris from Swansea has secured full-time, permanent employment as a Customer Assistant in an M&S Foodhall in Forestfach, as part of the ‘Marks & Start’ programme.

Stuart’s anxiety and depression was triggered after a failed adoption attempt and the breakdown of his marriage in 2005. The 47 year old took part in the Marks & Start scheme which helps people who face barriers to employment. The initiative gives jobseekers the chance to develop their skills and gain experience over the course of a placement and is designed to be the stepping-stone into employment. Stuart was out of work for eight years before getting his placement, which turned into a permanent job with M&S. He has now turned his attention to the future and is currently saving up for a car and a holiday to Turkey.

“Going for jobs was really nerve wracking at first but the help and support I received gave me the confidence I needed to get stuck in at M&S. Working makes me feel better about myself and has helped me to control my down moments.

I really enjoyed the Marks & Start placement as I got to learn about the different areas of the business. I was offered a permanent role with M&S after my placement and short temporary contract finished. They didn’t need to ask me twice – I was down to the store to sign my contract within 15 minutes of getting the call!”

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