"It's not specifically designed for a man," said Emily Luff, the only female candidate out of 14 successful apprentices on this year’s Cemex UK driver apprentice scheme and System Group’s first female tipper driver apprentice.
Emily has certainly held her own in her apprenticeship and has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Talent in Logistics apprentice of the year 2018 award. These awards celebrate professionals at all levels and reward people inspiring the next generation of logistics and transport talent.
"My dad was a lorry driver and I used to spend time driving around with him when I was younger, that is what inspired me to do the apprenticeship," Emily continued.
Being the only female in the team doesn't phase Emily, the 19-year-old from Lincolnshire has a strong will and a passion to work within the industry, which bodes well as the UK logistics industry faces a shortage circa 50,000 LGV drivers. It’s vital that the sector does more to encourage women into the industry.
Emma Hewitt, Account Manager for System Group added; “Emily truly shone within the group when she passed her LGV test first time and has continued to flourish and grow in both confidence and skill set, becoming a safe and proficient driver of LGV vehicles.”
Emily continued, "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 differently."
"The weight and height of the vehicle never really put me off, you just need to take it into consideration because it is so big, you need to remember to be in a certain place at a certain time, watch everything around you and be really cautious as to what you are doing.”
Emily's training group were the first set of apprentices to be signed up to the new LGV standards. They have just completed their Cemex graduation and are in the process of getting ready to be one of the first groups in the country to go through their EPA (End Point Assessment). This process will confirm full competence of the apprentices' skills and knowledge.
Tackling the industry's growing driver shortage crisis, System Group are leading the way in promoting trailblazers such as this, to train the skilled drivers that are needed to help encourage more women and a younger demographic into the industry.
Emma Continued, “Emily is a remarkable young lady who strives to work to the best of her ability and is passionate about her work. She is a true inspiration to women out there who have not yet found the courage to do something different. We wish her all the best at the awards next month.”
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