Apprentice lands dream job at Sheffield shop

Lewis Dennett
Lewis Dennett
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An apprentice who left school at 16 had landed his dream job at a Sheffield bike shop.

Lewis Dennett, from Woodthorpe, struggled with educationand joined a two-year vocational skills programme at Sheffield’s ReCycle Bikes when he was aged 14, in a bid to become a bike mechanic.

He was offered a full-time apprenticeship at the store thanks to funding from the local sustainable transport fund’s CycleBoostprogramme.

And after taking on a Sunday job at the JE James cycle store in Chesterfield, he has now been offered a full-time position at its Sheffield branch on Queens Road, Highfield.

Lewis, now aged 18, said: “CycleBoost’s apprenticeship programme and the support from the team at ReCycle Bikes has helped me get the training and skills I needed to qualify as a mechanic.

“I knew when at school I wanted to do this, I committed to the programme, and the hard work was worth it.

“Now I’m working full-time in a job I only dreamt of before. I’m excited about my future at JE James.”

Lewis was also praised for his ‘passion’ and ‘aptitude’ in the job by Gavin Holliday, manager at the bike shop.