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Disabled student lands job at FTSE100 Company

Rhys Joyce

A Cheltenham student has proved his disability doesn’t hold him back after passing a job interview with a FTSE 100 firm.

Rhys Joyce attends the National Star College for young people with learning difficulties and severe disabilities. In 2017 he was introduced to joint chief operating officer of St James’s Place Wealth Management, Jonathan McMahon.

Joyce told ITV News: “We talked about the Duke of Edinburgh Awards and I explained that I had completed my Silver Award.

“Mr McMahon suggested I shadow him for a day at work which I was honoured to do.”

Rhys – who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – has just completed his three-year BTEC Level 2 sport programme and now, at the age of 19, he’s ready to move on.

After two successful interviews face-to-face and one which was conducted online Joyce is preparing for his career which starts in September.

He said: “I couldn’t believe it when they told me. It has been a big inspiration of mine to be like everyone else and to have a job so that I didn’t have to take money off the state.”

His office in Cirencester will provide its new employer with an electronic moving desk and ensure he has everything he needs to carry out the job.

McMahon said: “We’ve worked closely with Rhys to ensure the role suits him and his talents, and that he has all the support he needs to do a great job.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Rhys on his first day in the office and know he will make a valuable contribution to the company.”

He added: “For a number of years now, the team at St James’s Place, and myself personally, have witnessed the incredible achievements of the young people at National Star.

“The charity is passionate about enabling young people with disabilities to realise their aspirations, and this is something we fully endorse.”

St James’s Place has been a corporate supporter of National Star for a number of years.

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