Michael Pearson, W J Lewis
Michael started at W J Lewis in the yard as yardsman/driver, driving the van here and there on short jobs and also helping out in the office. When the van driving became more prevalent W J Lewis suggested to Michael that he go on a DGV Apprenticeship with Mantra learning. This enabled Michael to progress at W J Lewis, learn more about the business and Lewis's style and the programme enabled him to earn his Class 2 licence to drive the rigid trucks most weeks. After 6-8 months this also earned Michael a pay rise.
Being at a young age is great news for W J Lewis and the time invested in him is valuable, particularly with the shortage of drivers these days. Since joining W J Lewis Michael has gained experience in the yard, the office and then onto driving Class 2 so he can pretty much help out in all areas if required. It has added massive flexibility to Michael and the company and in addition to gaining his Class 2 licence and getting his DQC card, Michael has also obtained his HIAB licence so he can drive the crane which he never thought he'd get.
Michael told us...
..."The responsibility I now have has given me more standing in the company, gaining respect from co-workers. I have covered sickness and holidays where previously trucks would be off the road so I’m saving the company money in that respect and our customers are not let down. Plus other drivers would be stretched and stressed trying to fit in more deliveries which would affect their health and the customer service they provide. Sometimes W J Lewis has hired temporary drivers at approximately £700 per week so I’m also saving the company money in that area.
"I would recommend to anyone coming into this industry to do an apprenticeship, this is one of the best things that has happened to me. It has given me great skills that I can take with me, much more confidence in my abilities and assurance that my future is rosy."