Flatpack fun! Royal Blind School student Myles enjoying Ikea work experience placement

Posted: 02/06/2016 | Education,

He may only have been working at Ikea for two days, but Royal Blind School student, Myles Fleming, has already impressed his manager who described the teenager as an 'excellent’ worker.

Myles is working at the Scandinavian home furnishings superstore in Myles and Liz at IkeaLoanhead as part of the Royal Blind School’s yearly work experience programme for older students.

The 18-year-old said his favourite part of the placement so far has been working in the candle section, sorting and tidying stock.

But the keen football fan was also more than happy to organise toys in the children’s department.

Myles said: “It’s really good, I really like working here and I’ve made some friends called Robby and Adam. They are on work experience too.” Myles and Liz at Ikea

Liz Stanton, head of Community and Sustainability at the store, said she has been ‘very impressed’ with Myles’ performance.

She said: “He has been doing a great job. Myles has got an excellent memory for where things go on the shop floor. He took to the role very quickly, he has been working independently and he’s been getting on really well with the staff. He's magic!” Myles and Liz at Ikea

Myles’ placement is part of the Edinburgh store’s Ready for Retail programme which sees 42 people with disabilities, additional needs, learning difficulties or mental health issues, take part in work experience each week.

Running since 2007, placements are designed to meet the ability and preference of the individuals and can take place in the shop floor, kitchen, warehouse, office and restaurant.Myles and Liz at Ikea

The placements are designed to help give people the skills and experience to find work and the company has gone on to give paid employment to 20 people from the programme – including another former Royal Blind School student.

Liz added: “It’s amazing what people can achieve when they’re just given a chance. We have got some fantastic paid team members who impressed us during their placements.

“Some companies can be hesitant to employ or give work experience to people with learning challenges or disabilities because they’re not sure how to accommodate them. This can make life difficult for young people who are trying to get themselves a job, and often it’s simply a case of treating people with the same dignity, respect and trust that you would any of your employees.

“I’m very proud of our work experience programme. The best part about it for me is meeting brilliant people like Myles.”