Steven: Apprentice LGV Driver - Teynham
Why did you choose an apprenticeship over a different career or further education?
I had completed a degree before but I wanted a change of career. I looked into courses that I could undertake – but none of them guaranteed a job at the end of it. The apprenticeship not only offered me a qualification within the industry but the chance to learn a trade that would allow me to gain work in the future if my situation changed.
How did you hear about the Fowler Welch apprenticeship scheme?
I was searching online for jobs after completing my CAT C licence. I came across the advert for the Fowler Welch scheme and applied for it. I didn’t hold out much hop of getting a call back as I thought apprenticeships were for “young” people.
Were there lots of opportunities locally for this type of apprenticeship?
Other than Fowler Welch there were no opportunities that I could find.
What were you expecting when you first started the programme?
I was expecting to be working long hours having to do the work that no one else wanted to do – Thankfully this was not the case.
What support have you received through your training?
The people at the Teynham depot have been fantastic. From the other drivers to the office staff to the managers. I have been fully supported and no query has been too much effort. When I have had personal issues I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with.
What have you most enjoyed about being with Fowler Welch and your apprenticeship?
I have enjoyed the varied training we have received. There is a lot to learn to do the job, but there is more you can learn if you want to push yourself.
What advice would you give to anyone looking to enrol in a Fowler Welch apprenticeship?
Do it! It is an enjoyable and interesting course with lots of potential, working for a company that supports and encourages you all the way.