Gary’s Story

Gary’s beaming smile shows just how much he loves his new job at The National Football Museum.

"Work feels like a second home, I don’t want to leave!"

He works as the Lift Attendant in the iconic Urbis building – a post he secured directly as a result of Pure’s Supported InternshipProgramme in partnership with The Manchester College and Manchester City Council.

One of his work placements on the scheme was at the museum and he loved it. Staff and customers clearly loved having him around too.  When his placement finished, Gary was offered paid employment. He now works at the museum two days every week.

Gary’s unique personality and friendly nature are real assets.  He chats easily with visitors and helps people with pushchairs and wheelchairs who board the glass elevator. In fact now the fabulous diagonally-ascending lift is often called Gary’s Taxi!

It’s a responsible role and Gary provides excellent service. He has a talent for making customers, especially children, feel at ease.


“Some people might be nervous”, he said. “The lift is glass. They might be scared of heights. I make them feel comfortable and say it will be all right. Sometimes I tell them to face the other way so they aren’t looking out.”

Gary’s new job has made him more confident and he enjoys telling customers about the new exhibitions. He also enjoys “making some dosh!”

As a result of Pure’s Travel Training scheme, Gary is able to travel from home to work independently and enjoys having this freedom.

Now  Manchester United fan Gary is now hoping to save enough money to watch his favourite players Robin Van Persie and Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.