Ten young drivers have graduated in the CEMEX Logistics Apprenticeship scheme and have become the latest aggregate tipper and cement tanker drivers at locations across the country.
The drivers were the second cohort to take part in the Apprenticeship scheme which is run over 12 months and helps to address a recognized UK skills gap of an aging driver population by recruiting individuals aged 18 to 23. In the industry, 62% of drivers are aged 45 years or over with only 1% under 25 years old.
“We are delighted to welcome these new young drivers, 3 driving cement tankers and 7 driving aggregate tippers, to our team of over 300 drivers. They have worked hard to achieve a high standard of professional driving and will be doing a vital role in supplying cement and aggregates for use in the construction industry,” comments Carl Milton, Northern Regional Logistics Manager and co-ordinator of the scheme.
The graduation ceremony for the 2016 Apprentices was held at CEMEX’s site in Rugby. Lesley Rimmington, System Group’s Work Based Learning Manager, stated that the ceremony “was held to recognise the hard work and dedication their apprentices have put in to achieving their apprenticeship qualifications and pursuing their career in driving over the last 12 months.
“Through strong communication channels with assessors and management, the CEMEX Apprenticeship programme has been designed and continually developed to ensure that the highest level of support is in place for the learners. The joint effort has seen some of the apprentices excel in their roles to become some of the highest performing drivers within CEMEX’s business. As a result, CEMEX are looking to expand the programme further and recruit an additional 20 driving apprentices in 2016.
“System Group would like to take this opportunity to say a huge congratulations and good luck to all the 2016 apprenticeship graduates as they continue their driving careers and in being pivotal to the British workforce.”