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21 May 2015

I want to share with you an enlightening experience I had when I was invited to meet with some of the attendees at the Apprentice Supermarket boot camp at Rushden, Northamptonshire.

People I met that day were making a huge effort to prepare themselves for employ-ability. This despite being cast aside by the world of work for, in some cases, years.

The resilience of these people is tested every single waking hour as they strive to be noticed as people who have a positive contribution to make to the world of work.

Andrew Kunman and Steve Smith devote many hours each week to support the goal of each and every one of these 'Diamonds wrapped in paper'. Yes Diamonds who are only looking for an opportunity to use their inborn skills, talents and intelligence in full time employment.

We asked these Diamonds to complete a PDA assessment so we could share with them how their natural behavioural style would befit them for work.

With the passing of time and the continual rejection they had suffered their self-concept had been severely damaged and therefore their perception of who they really were had been buried beneath the flotsam and jetsam of a myriad let downs and disappointments.

What they discovered when they read the output of their assessments astounded them as they were shown in print to be individuals of worth. This was a reflection of the inner self they had forgotten they were.

If you are a business owner looking to increase your workforce, why not look beyond the immediate outward appearance of someone who may through force of circumstance not quite be as presentable as they could be? Why not work with the Apprentice Supermarket to help rekindle the inner sparks of self-esteem for people who are in truth 'Diamonds wrapped in paper'.

If you work in a Job Centre put aside your ill-conceived ideas about how wearing a Hoody or a Track Suit makes someone less deserving of an interview or respect.

Remember you are only 5 steps away from being where they are today.

One wrong decision during a night out that one extra drink could be step one

The breakup of a long term relationship could be step two.

Rash overspending one Christmas leaving you in debt could be step three.

Losing your job because of cutbacks in your chosen field could be step four.

Subsequent rent arrears and losing your home could be step five.

How resilient would you be? 

How much anger and resentment would you be holding inside?

How would your view of the world change?

Just remember that the person you are dismissing as a loser and a waste of space could be you in 5 steps.

Malcolm Milligan PDA International.