The second cohort on CEMEX’s Logistics Apprenticeship scheme has started their one year course to become large goods vehicle drivers, including the first female Logistics apprentice, Christina Wilcox.
Following on from the first successful year, it was decided to extend the apprenticeship from the Aggregate Logistics team and include Cement Logistics, with apprentices based at two cement plants and nine aggregate sites.
Christina Wilcox, as well as being the first woman Logistics apprentice, is also one of the first six cement apprentices.
Wilcox said: “After leaving school I soon realised I wanted more from life than being office-based and I love a challenge. The CEMEX Logistics Apprentice scheme attracted me because it is a challenge and a challenge working predominantly in a man’s world.
“I am the fifth woman in the Logistics team so there are not many us. Already the scheme has been enjoyable with every day bringing something new.”
The need for the apprentice scheme highlights a recognized UK skill gap, that of an aging population of large goods vehicle drivers. This is reflected within CEMEX Logistics with 10% of all company drivers over 60 and only 0.2% under 25.
The year-long programme is run in conjunction with training provider, Systems Training and offers a training framework to achieve a Driving Goods Apprenticeship Level 2 and Category C licence.
70% of the programme is hands-on experience, 20% involves coaching and mentoring, and 10% coursework and training so apprentices gain experience driving, develop skills to work with customers, learn about health and safety, and are rewarded with a nationally recognized qualification.