EMILY LUFF

DGV APPRENTICE

Emily, 19 from Lincolnshire was a part time waitress and  studying childcare when she decided to make the brave move to do something completely different and become a DGV apprentice. Following in the footsteps of her father she has become one of the few females to embark on a career in the industry. In fact Emily was the only female candidate out of 14 successful apprentices on this year's Cemex UK apprenticeship scheme.

Emily tells us more about her apprentice role...

What is it like to be a female within the industry?

"Being the only girl... is no different working with men than it is anyone else, they don't treat me any differently. We all get on really well and we don't notice anything different about each other. We all do the same job and do what we are paid to do."

What did you enjoy about the apprenticeship?

"Getting to know the drivers and all the people I work with. At the end of the day we are a team and we have to work together and we are quite a close unit. If you are ever stuck on anything and you don't know what to do about something someone will be straight over to help out and tell you what to do. They will make sure you do it well and to the best of your ability."

How do you feel working alongside men in the industry?

"You have to have quite a strong will to work in a male industry. I have grown up as a person because the apprenticeship has taught me how to deal with a real career and how to act in a proper workplace." 

What inspired you to apply for an apprenticeship?

"My dad has always been a lorry driver and I used to spend time driving around with him. I wanted to get involved in the apprenticeship for my career."

What do you love most about your job?

Did the size of the vehicle deter you?

"The weight and height of the vehicle never really put me off, you just need to take into consideration, because it's so big you need to remember that you need to be in a certain place at a certain time, watch everything around you and be really cautious as to what you are doing."

"The thing I love most about my job is knowing I can come into an industry such as this one and do exactly the same job as everyone else and no-one treats you any different for it. People will give me a chance and they won't say I can't do it just because I'm a girl." 

"Anyone can do the job it's not specifically made for a man. I feel I can do it well and anyone could give it a go if they wanted to. Just give it a go."

What would your advice be to someone who wanted to complete a DGV Apprenticeship?

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