Hull man with Asperger's on group that helped him secure his first ever job

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Apr 2019

A young Hull man with high-functioning Asperger’s has spoken of his delight at finding work.

Will Elwick, 22, said his disorder meant he had not previously had “the willpower or perseverance” to trawl through job sites looking for work.

With the help of a programme aimed at helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into jobs, Will managed to secure work experience at a CEX store in Bransholme.

He impressed staff at the north Hull store, in North Point Shopping Centre, enough to be offered a permanent job as a sales assistant.

Will said: “I was at a social club for people with autism and Asperger’s, and spotted a flyer on the table about finding work.

“I started out doing one day a week at CEX last November, and then they were looking to employ some new people.

CEX is a video game and DVD store chain (AYRSHIRE POST)

“I enjoy helping other people – it does not tire me out or get boring. I think CEX liked what I did, and they gave me a proper job there.

“I have now been paid once, and wouldn’t have been able to do it without the Do It programme at Goodwin.”

Will said his Asperger’s meant he did not perform as well as he hoped at school or college.

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He said finding work had been a challenge because of his disorder, but was now enjoying his job at the DVD and video game chain.

Goodwin Development Trust is one of seven partners in the Springboard YEI, a programme supported by the Humber LEP.

Will Elwick and Dave Ellis from YEI (Jerome Ellerby)

It is aimed at helping people aged between 16 and 29 get into work.

The programme received a boost when it secured £5m worth of investment to help extend its project until 2022, as it continues to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Katie Freeman, communications advisor at the Humber Learning Consortium, said: “This is a really good stepping stone for Will.

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“When you are in a job, it is so much easier to find another one. That is what this project is all about.

“We are here to help young people get back into work, and getting work experience is a really good way to start that process.”

Will admitted he still had a lot to learn at CEX, but was enjoying his time there.

He said: “I am good with DVDs and games, and I am slowly getting better with the tech side.

“I am learning more about how to find serial numbers and how to find out if a piece of tech has been stolen and run checks on it.

“They are still teaching me lots of stuff. I hope I can keep working there for a while.”

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