We are very pleased to share the news that one of our young apprentices with special educational needs has recently passed all of his exams and completed his apprenticeship with flying colours. Wayne Gorman, 20, started his Grounds Maintenance apprenticeship in 2018 working on our Sandwell Schools contract with the support of his college. Following his success, Wayne will be joining Ground Control in a full-time role in September.

Wayne previously struggled in learning situations due to his autism diagnosis and associated problems. But under the robust and on-site mentoring of our very own Roy Candlin, Wayne has flourished and demonstrated through perseverance and hard work just how capable he is. Wayne enjoyed all aspects of his course – and especially earning his own money – and says he’s looking forward to saving for a house, car or bike!

Ground Control has worked with the industry and government to make training courses more accessible and flexible for those with special educational needs, in particular taking away formal academic barriers such as the requirement for five GCSEs that were preventing people like Wayne from achieving their goals. We’re all absolutely over the moon for Wayne for what he has achieved and look forward to working successfully with other young people via our apprenticeship programme in the future.

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