Lewis is 23 years old and joined us at Young Somerset in October of 2022 as one of our Countryside Worker Apprentices, which was in partnership with the Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme. Lewis was looking to start a career working in the outdoors and came to us to learn the skills that would allow him to get into the industry.

Lewis was working as part of a team of three Countryside Worker Apprentices who were doing practical countryside management, conservation work across Somerset and doing outreach work in connecting people to nature. Working with members of the public, in particular, really helped Lewis’s gain confidence in talking to strangers.

As we have been working with Lewis, he has picked up a variety of new practical skills that we use out in the countryside from learning how to lay a hedge to gaining his Cross Cutting and Chainsaw Maintenance license which, he was really proud of and was a great confidence booster!

“I have to say I am really impressed with the way they are coming on. Not only can I see their work has improved - with the laurel clearing and the hedge laying, but as importantly their confidence speaking to strangers and acting in a really professional way. Well, done to them” – From a Volunteer

While with us Lewis had managed to achieve two commercial tool licences, a tractor driving licence as well as completing his Level 2 Countryside Worker Apprenticeship. During his apprenticeship Lewis found his passion for horticulture and was excited to have now started his new role as part of the gardening team at Millfield School.

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