An award and employment for inspirational Mark
Published by Heather Jacklin for Accent Group in Housing
Following the success of Accent Group's recent submission to the Employment Opportunities Fund, the association has appointed Mark Waters as administration assistant in the planned investment team.
Mark, who started in July, comes to Accent from Remploy, an organisation aiming to support disabled and other disadvantaged people who face barriers to finding work by providing employment opportunities.
At a recent awards ceremony in Bradford hosted by Remploy and Bradford Council, Mark won an ‘Inspirational Candidate’ award. The awards were held to celebrate the achievements of disabled and disadvantaged people who have overcome barriers to access employment and training, and Mark’s recognition came as the result of his great determination and tenacity to get a job.
Mark overcame anxiety to get a work placement before securing a job with Accent. Speaking from Accent's Shipley office, he said: “This placement means a lot to me. It is providing me with the work I love doing, in a place that I feel at home, and with people that I really like and respect and I don’t believe that a person can do better than that when working."
"Previously, I have worked in a large refrigeration company in the costing department, and with a very small IT training company where I helped to set up the administration side and tutor customers with their courses from very basic IT up to ECDL. In between these, I have also worked for two years with Victims Support helping clients that have been a victim of crime."
"My aspiration for the future is to find a full time permanent job that I will enjoy as much as I do being here, as well as being able to gain new knowledge either in-house or at college.”