Resident Bucks The Trend With Job At Superdry

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Resident Bucks The Trend With Job At Superdry

28 Mar 2024 | Category: Blog

A recent survey for the Nuffield Trust found a shocking figure.

The proportion of adults with a learning disability in paid employment in the UK has decreased over time, from 6.0% in 2014/15 to a low of 4.8% in 2021/22.

Those awful numbers are in our minds as we sit in the kitchen of one of our houses, with a Resident who has just returned home from work in Birmingham.

Tom, has worked for Superdry at their flagship venue in the Bull Ring for five years now. The chance came about through his family. His sister worked for an organisation in Birmingham which was able to offer a placement at the brand. After excelling in his work experience period with them, he was offered permanent position.

He accepted immediately, looking forward to the greater independence: “I wanted to get paid so I could buy things and treat my family and friends.”

Tom likes the variety too. No day is the same, but he smiles with pride as he talks us through his regular activities: “I go in and get what I need,” he explains. “Then I do the delivery.”

Although his work is mostly in the stock room, Tom is often in the shop itself, adding: “We move stuff to the shop floor.”

He works there two days a week and is one of a big team. There are, says Tom “lots of people that work there.”

His work ethic is best summed up by the staff appraisals he receives. Always excellent, he is regularly reminded to take more of his annual leave.

Naturally friendly and chatty, Tom has made “lots” of friends in his time there. His best friend is Letitia who “is always really nice and gives me sweets if I do a good job!”  He also praised his two Superdry Managers, Declan and Becky.


Tom is currently supported to travel to work by our staff but admits his ultimate goal is to go there by himself which he hopes he might be able to soon.

He’ll have plenty of chance as when asked if he was planning to stay at Superdry – who formed in 2003 and have since become one of the most recognisable clothing brands on the planet – he said simply: “I want to go for a long time” . A thought he continued right to the end of our chat, when we asked him if he had anything else he’d like everyone to know, he replied firmly: “I just want to say how happy I am.”

As the ancient Chinese Philosopher Confucius once said: “The man who loves his job never works a day in his life.” And as Tom excitedly plans his next day at the shop, that seems just as true in the 21st century.

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