Inside Admiral

Paul’s incredible design talent sees him secure a permanent role with us

Prior to starting his career with us, Paul volunteered at the Cardiff Story Museum for 5 years and having thoroughly enjoyed his time in the collections department, he felt it was time to move on.

One of Admiral’s four pillars is Equality and, as part of this, we’re committed to being flexible and supportive in accommodating individual needs and circumstances. We have also been accredited the “Disability Confident Award” by Jobcentre Plus for taking action to meet five commitments regarding the employment, retention, training, and career development of disabled employees.

As part of our partnership with ASCC (Autism Spectrum Connection Cymru who help provide employment opportunities for adults with an autism spectrum condition), we provide 4-6 week work placements, put together training packages for the recruits who join us and buddy them up with a mentor to ensure they have all the support they need to get the most out of the work placement.

Paul joined us on our third work placement project in May 2016, as an Admin Assistant for the Documents Service department and spent some time experiencing 6 other areas of the business.

As the work placement came to and end, Paul had impressed the Document Services Manager so much that when a vacancy came up, they thought of him immediately and that’s how Paul came to join us on a permanent basis in May 2016.

‘’I really enjoyed my placement at Admiral as an Admin Assistant – I would help bind and laminate all kinds of documents, flyers, leaflets and other things - it was nice how I was doing work for all areas of the company. I like how open it is here and it’s nice to have a degree of freedom doing things’’

He quickly became a valuable asset to the department and business as a whole.

Here’s what Paul’s Team Manager said:

‘’When he joined us he was allocated to my team and asked to help the different areas of the business that come to us for laminating and binding all kinds of important documents. Paul showed an exceptional talent here, especially in the design area using Photoshop; he was creating designs for booklets, leaflets, calendars and everything else in between. Having found this hidden talent he’s now basically running this area of the function – he’s had fantastic feedback throughout the company.

‘’Paul has certainly got his name out in the company and has created a niche for himself. I’m sure he’ll go on to have a long and successful career with us.

 ‘’A lot of people just need to be given a chance; everyone deserves a chance no matter what their background or disability. You need to look at each person’s individual strengths, give them a chance to shine.’’

The One Stop Shop is run by Autism Spectrum Connections Cymru (ASCC), a charity for people with Autism Spectrum Conditions, their families, and carers. The charity focuses on the individual person and develops unique solutions to meet their needs.

The service is free and open to anyone in the local area with a diagnosis of autism. It is primarily delivered to people over 16 years old.