As part of our celebration of Black History Month we’ve spoken to Josh Uwadiae, founder and CEO of WeGym, a digital platform to help people find and share a personal trainer.
At just 24-years-old, Josh already has quite a story to tell, having started his career in unconventional terms after being caught up in gangs during his teenage years and consequently expelled from school.
At 18 the turnaround went into overdrive when he landed an IT Apprenticeship with eCourier, an international courier company. By the age of 21 he was the Microsoft apprentice of the year runner up in 2013 and had secured the position of IT Manager within the business.
During his apprenticeship opportunity he was able to champion the scheme at his old school where he had experienced so many difficulties earlier in this life. This caught the attention of Microsoft who asked him to formally become an apprenticeship ambassador leading to speaking engagements in Seattle and New York.
In 2015 Josh turned his attention to growing and building his own business on the foundation of his passion for sport and fitness…and WeGym was born!
The last two years have seen WeGym go from strength to strength as a profitable company.
In addition to his undoubted entrepreneurial skills Josh is also a passionate ambassador of Rathbone’s work as his own background echoes some of the challenges our learners have faced.
Have a look at Josh’s special blog for Black History Month and find out more about his story in his own words…