Rohan is testament to the benefits of a modern apprenticeship

DYW Modern Apprentice Rohan McDowell

Smartly dressed, confident and hard working, Rohan McDowell is the consummate professional.  Yet just nine months ago, he was an S6 pupil at Lasswade High School whose main work experience was a placement as a lifeguard two years earlier.

His transformation is testament to his modern apprenticeship with Mansley Group Holdings, which specialises in the serviced apartment sector, including the Knight Residence in Edinburgh.  

Rohan is now bursting with confidence

Rohan, 18, who lives in Bonnyrigg, says: “At school I was really shy and when I first came here the bit I found the most difficult was talking to guests. Now though, that’s what I like best. I get to speak to guests every day and I really enjoy finding out where they are from.”

It’s not just his confidence that has grown. Having recently completed his portfolio to secure an SVQ 3 in Business Administration, his CV now boasts a variety of skills from IT to customer service and problem solving.

Rewards Training helped recruit Rohan

Lorraine Feeney of the training provider, Rewards Training, works with Rohan and his manager Kevin Drummond to help Rohan secure his SVQ qualification.  The programme is funded by Skills Development Scotland. Rewards Training also worked with Kevin to recruit Rohan into the role.

Rohan wanted to learn every aspect of the business

Lorraine says she’s very impressed with how Rohan has embraced the opportunity to learn. She says : “Rohan really wanted to do well and you knew he’d do whatever it took. He wanted to learn every part of the business.”

Rohan is an asset to the company

Kevin Drummond agrees. He says Rohan, who got the job eventually after coming along to a DYW jobs roadshow, is a welcome addition to his 13-strong Edinburgh team.

Kevin, who has a modern apprenticeship in management himself, says: “Rohan was one of two people we considered for the job. I was impressed by his down to earth attitude. I could see something in him. He knew this was a great chance for a career.”

Rohan now has a salary and valuable skills

If Kevin now has what he considers to be the equivalent of a front of house duty manager in Rohan, Rohan too is benefitting. Not only does he have a monthly salary but he’s gaining valuable experience. He plans to spend the next 18 months or so working hard and may consider eventually working towards a qualification in management.

Rohan would encourage others to consider a modern apprenticeship

Rohan says he’d encourage anyone leaving school to consider an apprenticeship. He says: “I did have the chance to do an HND in sports and fitness but I didn’t enjoy studying at school. I enjoy doing practical things rather than theory so an apprenticeship was something I was keen to do. I’m really glad I did. I really enjoy it.”

DYW Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian is a partnership with the aim of ensuring a positive destination for every young person.

Rohan is pictured on the left with Kevin in the centre and Lorraine on the far right at the Knight Residence reception.

23 Feb 2017