James Pickering is a student in the Transitional Vocational Program’s (TVP) one-year Employment Preparation Program. He will graduate next month.
In October he started his first work placement at the Home Depot on Macleod Trail where he works as a lot associate.
James is now on the payroll at Home Depot and was voted Operations Associate of the month in June.
“I like working with the customers,” James says. “I like talking to them and helping them out to their cars with large products like lumber, heaters or even dishwashers. If I see carts out in the lot I bring them into the store in order to maintain a safe parking lot.”
“When James first started at Home Depot, he had to take online courses to learn the job,” says Lori Barrett, his MRU Employment Specialist. “He has to pass monthly safety quizzes as well.”
Home Depot supervisor Mary Logan says that James “has an exceptional work ethic, genuinely cares about others and provides exceptional customer service.”
The TVP Employment Preparation Program has helped adults with developmental disabilities gain life skills and enter the workforce for over 30 years. Often, the students become valued long-term employees or volunteers at the organizations that provide them with work placement experience.
Another TVP student, Andrew Tran, was named Employee of the Month at Westhills Cineplex Odeon in June, where he works as a Floor Player.
Congratulation to James, Andrew and all of the TVP students making an impact in their workplace.
— by Karen McCarthy