As part of his College course at the North West Regional College, Gareth was supported by Mencap NI's Employment Service to consider and explore his career options.

Gareth had always loved working with cars and was very clear that he wanted to gain paid employment in this area of work.


Gareth explained:

"I’ve always loved working with cars and have been cleaning cars for family and friends for a few years now."

"My first work placement was working in a local garage, I enjoyed it so much I would stay on to do extra work, helping out wherever I was needed"


In supporting Gareth to work towards achieving his career aspirations, Gareth’s Mencap Employment Officer contacted Gerard Mullan, Franchisee of ARC Car Wash in Derry/Londonderry.

Gerard was looking for a reliable worker who was passionate about cleaning cars to an excellent standard and agreed to provide a work trial opportunity for Gareth. Gareth commenced his work trial at the ARC Car Wash in March 2017 and Gareth and Gerard soon developed a great working relationship and both shared a keen interest in cars.

Within a month, Gerard was satisfied that Gareth was the right person for the job and offered Gareth paid employment.

Gerard said "I was looking for a trustworthy worker that I could train up quite quickly and give some responsibility to. I work very long hours and was hoping to find someone I could leave to get on with the job to give me a break. From day one, Gareth showed the right attitude and motivation that showed me he was perfect for the job."

Gareth is currently being supported by Mencap on the Workable NI Programme and has been in paid employment at the ARC Car Wash for 6 months now which has allowed his employer Gerard to expand the valeting side of his business. Gareth’s pride in his work and attention to detail is ideally suited for car valeting whilst his hard working attitude and flexibility allows Gerard to bring in new customers.

Gareth is delighted to have his first paid job and is grateful for the opportunity to prove himself:

"I am very happy in my work and I know my family are very proud of me."

"One day I would like my own valeting business but for now I am going to continue to work hard and do my best in my job"

Thank you Mencap!