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I’ve wanted to work in the Funeralcare industry from the age of 13.

The Co-op conducted my Nana’s funeral when I was 13 and I was blown away by the kindness of the Funeral Director and the level of attention and care they showed to my Nana and our family. When I left school at 16, I applied for various Funeralcare roles but kept being told I needed to gain more life experience first.

I searched the internet for “how to gain life experience” and found an ad saying, “Be the best, join the army”. So, I signed up. I was a driver in the Royal Logistics Corps based in Oxfordshire and learnt many skills whilst serving. We were all taught how to stay calm and professional under pressure, the importance of teamwork and how to get on with different personalities. Useful skills that are valuable in so many jobs, including Funeralcare. Without this military experience, I don’t think I would be where I am today. It turned me from the boy I was into the man I am now.

At the age of 23, I got my first role in Funeralcare. I’ve been in the industry for almost 10 years now and it’s everything I hoped it would be and more.

Why Co-op?

I am immensely proud to work for the market leading funeral directors. Co-op are unique from the rest. We pride ourselves on supporting our local community. I thrive on ensuring our clients receive an extremely high level of service. We have one opportunity to ensure we provide the high level of care expected from Co-op Funeralcare. The job satisfaction is immense, but you need to be able to work under pressure!

At Co-op, the focus is completely on the wellbeing of the staff and making a difference to our clients and the community which makes it a unique place to work.

Co-op have also supported and invested a lot in me over the years. I’ve completed industry recognised qualifications and worked my way up to a Funeral Service Manager role. The ongoing support and training is exceptional here.

There are also lots of benefits available when working at Co-op. These range from having 24-hour access to a GP, cycle to work scheme plus discounts on Co-op food, insurance and legal services.

If you are looking for a rewarding career, an employer that cares about your wellbeing and is always on hand to support, a role within Co-op Funeralcare may be the right option for you.

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