Fabulous WHSmith site wins Disability Confident award

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Pluss were delighted to present WHSmith with a prestigious 'Disability Confident' award for going above and beyond in providing opportunities for people with disabilities who have not previously been in employment.

The Distribution Centre at Greenbridge, have been using their established Warehousing Apprenticeship scheme. They have worked closely with Pluss since 2016 to support customers to achieve full time work, qualifications and a sustainable career.

Each year Pluss presents a local employer with the ‘Disability Confident Employer of the Year’ Award. The award recognises employers that have exceeded expectation in their employment of people with disabilities. WHSmith were presented with their award by Robert Buckland MP. 

Marcus Stayte, 22, is an Apprentice Warehouse Operative working at WHSmith ‘goods in’ department at their Greenbridge estate site.

“After I left college, I didn’t know what life was going to bring me. I went back to college to please others. It was difficult to find work as I didn’t know where to start or what I wanted to do. I had low self-esteem as I didn’t believe I could do any of the jobs I kept
looking at. I eventually found Pluss.

“I feel proud to tell people I have a job especially as it is WH Smith - a worldwide company. It’s also reassuring to know I have done well and made others happy.”

WHSmith have been extremely open to developing their company responsibilities in order to employ more individuals with disabilities. They have embraced external training to improve their awareness about conditions such as autism, hearing impairment and learning disability.

MP Robert Buckland highlighted the importance of a company to do this.

“A big well done and thanks to the team at WH Smith who understand that it is all about ability, opening up life chances and breaking down barriers. They are a valued employer here in Swindon with great pedigree.

“I firmly believe that educating employers is how we will close the disability employment gap. It’s also great for people with disabilities who are looking for work to see that there are job opportunities out there with employers who do understand.”