My apprenticeship was a great start to my career

How did you get into the industry and what was your background prior?

I have always been interested in the Transport industry as I have witnessed my Grandfather, Father and Auntie all have careers as LGV Drivers. However, the substantial cost of obtaining a Class 1 license was daunting, so after leaving school I followed my father into the construction industry instead.

In 2018 at the age of 26, I came across the Fowler Welch LGV Driver apprenticeship and discovered that as part of the scheme, they funded the Class 1 license acquisition costs that would enable me to become a LGV Driver. With the knowledge that I would be guaranteed a permanent position at Fowler Welch upon completion of the scheme, and with the support of my family, I applied and was successful.

How have you progressed during your time here?

I passed the apprenticeship scheme in 2019 and progressed from an Apprentice to a newly qualified LGV Driver. After gaining some experience within this role, I was approached at the beginning of 2020 and given the opportunity to become a Driver Assessor. After 3 days of training, I not only gained an in house qualification but learnt so much more from my trainers surrounding Fleet and Compliance measures.

The Driver Assessor role allows me so much flexibility and variation to my working week – some days I will out driving and delivering loads as part of my LGV Driver responsibilities, and other days I will be office based, assessing drivers on site and liaising with Driver Trainers and other members of the Operational team.

What skills have proven essential for your success in the industry?

I believe the most important element for me in completing the apprenticeship and gaining my
additional Driver Assessor responsibilities was having a willingness to learn and a hard-working mentality.

Excellent communication skills are also important for me, as I speak to a variety of people from different departments on a daily basis.  Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help or guidance, as this
is how you develop your own skills and knowledge within the industry.

What advice would you give someone looking to start a career within our industry?

As an Apprentice I started at an entry level role but I did not let this deter me, as I knew this was only temporary and it would get me to where I wanted to be. It is also so important to make to most of every opportunity – not only will this help you to gain a better understanding of the company and the industry, but it will show your personal drive to succeed and develop in your career.