“You’ll enjoy doing a Modern Apprenticeship. You’ll meet new people and learn new skills.”
Lewis Wallace, Business Administration Modern Apprentice, QTS.
It was only a year ago that then 19 year old Lewis Wallace was unsure where his career was going to take him after his Skills for Employment course at Ayrshire College was due to come to an end.
It was then that Sarah Parker, Skills Development Team Leader for East Ayrshire Council made the call that guided Lewis onto the career path he now loves. Sarah contacted Lorna Gibson, Director of QTS Training, to ask if The QTS Group would consider taking on a young person with additional support needs to give them the chance of gaining a qualification and work experience.
With Lorna being more than happy to get involved it was not long after that she was introduced to former James Hamilton Academy pupil Lewis. Along with suffering from long term condition Dyspraxia, Lewis also has additional support needs which has made securing long term employment a challenge.
After meeting Lorna and some of the team at QTS Lewis was extremely happy to be offered a Modern Apprenticeship with the company in Business Administration and has been working as part of their growing team for a year now. Director Lorna said,
“Lewis has now been employed with the QTS Group for one year and it has been so rewarding to watch him develop in confidence and skills over that time. He is now a popular member of the team and is successfully working his way through his MA Qualification in Business Administration. Lewis is supported by his East Ayrshire Council job coach, David Meikle who does a fantastic job with these young people.”
When asked about his job role within QTS, Lewis explained the role is varied which he enjoys.
“I do the stores in the morning, Business Admin with Gail and Jacqueline and then I go over to the workshop to help Rozan and the team.”
Payroll Co-Ordinator Gail Russell who works with Lewis closely on a daily basis said,
“Lewis brings lots of good qualities to the organisation. He is enthusiastic, he works hard and helps me with my workload. If I ever need anything and I ask Lewis he is willing do it.”
Many youngsters across Ayrshire who have additional support needs find it a struggle to obtain full time employment but with organisations such as QTS getting on board to offer opportunities like Lewis’ to these young people the transition into the working environment should hopefully be made that little bit easier.
To watch Lewis’s QTS journey so far play our video below or click here.
Along with offering apprenticeships in Business Administration, The QTS Group also recruit for a number of other apprenticeship schemes including:
- Information Technology
- Fabrication & Welding
- Construction Plant Maintenance and Repair
HR Co-Ordinator Jacqueline Daly states the main skills and qualities they look for when recruiting is someone who is willing to learn and happy to be proactive within the company. Her advice to anyone looking to pursue a career within QTS would be:
“Go on the website and read up as much as possible. Speak to people who either work for the company or know the company well or call the office to find out more about the job role.”
It is clear to see that Lewis is thoroughly enjoying his Modern Apprenticeship role within QTS and we do not doubt the new year will bring lots of new opportunities and experiences for him to thrive on. His advice to other youngsters who may be considering the apprenticeship route would be to go for it as you will meet new people, learn new skills and enjoy the process. We wish Lewis every success for the future.
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