Ridwan, who is deaf, works at the Poundland Dagenham store in The Mall and has been in his role for more than a year. He was up against four other shortlisters for the coveted award.
The Employability Award, now in its fifth year, celebrates best practice from across the employment support sector. This year the awards were judged by Nick Butler from the Department for Work and Pensions; Laura Gardiner from the Resolution Foundation; and Keith Tottingham from Standguide.
The Significant Achievement Award recognises jobseekers who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to overcoming barriers to enter and maintain work. Ridwan was awarded with highly commended status at a special ceremony held in London on the 29 June. The event was attended by the Minister for Employment.
Poundland’s HR Director Michelle Burton said: “We are delighted to hear that Ridwan was awarded with highly commended status at the ERSA Employability Awards 2017, for the Significant Achievement Award. At Poundland we always aim to put the customer first and Ridwan certainly does that! He is a dedicated member of the Dagenham Poundland team who always works hard and strives to do his best. We are lucky to have him and know that this is only the start of what we’re sure will be a very successful career for Ridwan.”
Commenting on winning the award Ridwan Ojetola said: “I’m so thankful to everyone that has made it possible for me to be awarded with highly commended status, it means a lot. I enjoy every minute of working with my colleagues in the Poundland Dagenham store, they are all really supportive and I enjoy coming to work and love putting a smile on customer’s faces”.