From homelessness to full time employment, this is Kevin’s story 

Kevin was referred to Business in the Community Ireland through the Dublin Simon Community. He had experienced homelessness in the past, and he was now settled in private rented accommodation and eager to return to full time employment after a three year gap. Kevin completed a two day pre-placement training and also participated in a mock interview with a business volunteer. This helped Kevin to gain more confidence around his employability and skills.

maldron hotel bitciKevin started a work placement with the Maldron Hotel, Parnell Square as a Food & Beverage Assistant. Kevin easily slotted into the Maldron team and was well supported by manager Philip Uzice and other staff. Both staff and customers in the Maldron were highly impressed with Kevin’s professional attitude and warm, friendly manner. One customer review on Trip Advisor noted:

“The second evening we arrived late in the restaurant as we had had a bit of a disastrous day (very wet and broke my camera) and it was my birthday. Waiters Sean and Kevin were so kind to us and cheered us up considerably. A special ‘thank you’ to them. They’re brilliant. Would recommend this hotel highly to anyone.”

On completion of his placement Kevin was recommended for a role with the Maldron in Tallaght. He was successful and has since progressed to Head Barman. Sincere thanks to the Maldron for the provision of a very successful work placement and best wishes to Kevin in his career going forward.

“I was very impressed with Kevin confidence as ability to deal with people in general .He showed quickly that he had more to offer and our relationship grew from there…his performance and discipline had been exemplary” Philip Uzice, Maldron Parnell Square Manager.

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