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Apprentice LGV drivers wanted for fully paid training opportunity

Trainer Driver John Forbes with Allister Imrie, an A.W. Jenkinson mechanic who recently passed his C&E driving licence

After the huge success of its first recruitment day at the beginning of the month, Penrith-based haulage company A.W. Jenkinson Transport is looking for its next group of Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver Level 2 Apprentices.

People interested in the scheme have until September 25 to submit their application. A recruitment day for aspiring apprentices on the shortlist will follow at the A.W. Jenkinson Training Centre at Gilwilly Industrial Estate in Penrith. Each applicant’s abilities in English, maths, geographic knowledge and the highway code will be assessed, along with their practical driving ability. The training will then begin in January.

The apprenticeship scheme had been due to launch in March but was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The first cohort of apprentices, which consists of four people, will start its year-long training on October 5. This will include learning on the road as well as in the classroom. Apprentices will be paid throughout the whole training period, and will remain as employees of A.W. Jenkinson Transport Ltd if they are successful at the end of the scheme.

Apprenticeship Trainer Scott Blagg said: “In less than 24 hours, the Facebook post advertising the next tranche of the apprenticeship scheme had been shared almost 500 times and reached more than 130,000 people so there’s obviously a big demand in the area. We are delighted to help people break into the haulage industry.”

For more information about the scheme and for an application pack, please email Apprenticeship Trainer Scott Blagg at [email protected].

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