Martin’s Story

Martin was referred to us by his Disability Employment Advisor at Oldham Jobcentre for the Workchoice Programme.

"He is well liked and gets on well with whatever tasks he is set. I am sure that Martin will prove to be an asset for Bag Magic." - Garry, Martin’s Manager at Bag Magic

Martin had been out of work for a little while following a period of poor health. His confidence had diminished and he needed help to recognise all of the transferrable skills that he had to offer.

Martin started off in a trainee position so that he could build his skill base again. He had held positions in administration and retail previously but felt that he was more suited to the office setting.

As Martin was still eligible to apply for apprenticeships, we thought he would be a perfect candidate to do this. Pure recommended a course to improve his Maths and English to gain the necessary qualifications to apply for apprenticeship positions. Whilst doing so, he continued to attend there and improve his computer skills and also gained his ECDL.

We were already working with Bag Magic  on creating an apprenticeship role in administration and business. We thought Martin would fit in well and we supported Martin to apply for the role and he was successful.

He completed his apprenticeship in March 2013 and the company were so impressed with his potential that he has been taken on as a full time member of staff.


Hayley, my employment officer and Pure have helped me rebuild my confidence which I’d lost due to constant knock backs with my health and job opportunities.
Pure spoke to the employers at Bag Magic on my behalf and made them fully aware of my situation and how it wouldn’t impact my ability to work.
Along with all the one to one help from Hayley with job applications and interview techniques I was successful in my application with Bag Magic. I’d basically gone off track and thanks to  Pure I was heading in the right direction again.
Being in work has made me confident in any work related situation. Being confident talking to colleagues. Being confident with customers face to face as well as over the phone. Most important though is having confidence is my own ability to learn and succeed. – Martin