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Joseph is just the job at the Francis Crick Institute


Apleona has provided a new recruit with his first ever opportunity to enter the workplace, thanks to a partnership with a collaborative project that aims to improve disability confidence across a London Borough.

As part of Apleona’s commitment to try to attract local, job-ready candidates to work on a cleaning and maintenance contract with the Francis Crick Institute, the UK and Ireland Facilities Management provider developed a relationship with CamdenAbility.

Joseph Kisoiokele, 39, had never previously worked prior to registering with CamdenAbility, and it was here that he expressed an interest in cleaning.

Apleona agreed to take a flexible approach with CamdenAbility to recruit people with additional needs and, rather than a mainstream interview process, account manager Sharon Guilfoyle met with Joseph to assess suitability.

After being given a week-long trial, Joseph impressed enough to be offered a full-time permanent position on the Apleona team at The Francis Crick Institute.

Parma Sira, CamdenAbility Specialist Workplace Coordinator, said: “Joseph joined the project to explore employment opportunities having never worked before, as his learning disability meant that he had previously found it difficult to apply through standard recruitment models, particularly making it through competency based interviews. 

“Apleona was willing to adjust its mainstream recruitment process, giving Joseph the opportunity to display his suitability for the role through an informal, un-marked interview, and crucially a week long work trial.  He has been in post since August 2017 and loves his job and the independence that it has given him.”

Sharon Guilfoyle, Apleona Account Manager, said: “We were pleased to work with CamdenAbility, as they have provided a lot of support throughout the recruitment process, as well as after Joseph commenced his role.

“Joseph is a pleasure to have in our team - he is always smiling, works very hard and is proving to be a great asset.”

Joseph Kisoiokele said: “I am so happy to be working. I really enjoy working with my team and I feel so independent now.”

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical discovery institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease.