Thirty-five year old Gareth Conlon was forced to review his options when mobility problems meant he could no longer continue as a printer.
With a family to support, the Leeds native needed to make a career switch from the print room to an office environment, where he could spend less time on his feet. However, when he embarked on a job search, he was dismayed to find that his disability put off several prospective employers.
He says: “Obviously, people didn’t say anything outright, but it was clear that they lost interest in me when they realised I was disabled.
“Yet when I met Bayford Foundation manager, Nick Elletson, he told me that it wasn’t a problem for him – and that I shouldn’t see it as such either. It was fantastic to find such a professional attitude and it made me determined to justify his faith in me.”
Coming aboard as a trainee data inputter, Gareth quickly settled into the bustling, friendly office. He thrived in training, despite his lack of experience, picking up tips from his new colleagues who all did everything they could to help the debutante.
Nick Elletson comments: “We never make snap judgements about people and always look beyond somebody’s circumstances to see how they can add value to the organisation. In this way, we have benefited from an extraordinary range of abilities and inputs from people that many employers had unfairly excluded.”
Adds Gareth: “Although I have found it challenging in adapting to my new environment, I am thoroughly enjoying my role. The Foundation team have been great and have supported me in more ways than I could have expected – a big ‘thank you’ to all of them.”
Go-ahead Gareth is now working towards securing a permanent sales role with The Right Fuelcard Company (TRFC), which runs our Foundation.
For more information on The Bayford Foundation and job opportunities available, visit www.bayfordfoundation.co.uk or call 0113 202 5129.