Peter: Apprentice LGV Driver - Spalding
Why did you choose an apprenticeship over a different career or further education?
I thought I was too old for an apprenticeship at 51, but the Fowler Welch scheme doesn’t have an age limit. It was always a childhood dream to drive a truck. I was about 6 years old when I first wanted to be a truck driver as I had a family friend who was an HGV driver.
How did you hear about the Fowler Welch apprenticeship scheme?
I found out through a neighbour who works at Fowler Welch
What were you expecting when you first started the programme?
I didn’t really know what to expect from day 1 – it was all very different from my last job. I wasn’t expecting everything to happen so fast. From my first day through to passing my class 2 and then class 1 licences in just over 8 weeks.
What support have you received through your training?
I had a lot of support from the driver trainers and also from going out with other drivers.
What have you most enjoyed about being with Fowler Welch and your apprenticeship?
I have enjoyed the hands-on, practical side of the job. I have been on the road on my own having passed my further assessments, for almost 10 weeks. I have been on lots of different runs and feel like I’ve done well. It is long hours but the day goes quickly.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to enrol in a Fowler Welch apprenticeship?
I would recommend to everyone to give the lgv scheme a try. It has opened my eyes to a whole new view of the LGV Driver.