System Group will be showing an array of talent at the Talent in Logistics awards next week, as 19-year-old Emily Luff has also made it as a finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category. Emily is the second person from System Group to have made it to the final shortlist at this year’s awards.
Emily was the only female candidate out of 14 successful apprentices on this year’s CEMEX UK driver apprentice scheme and the first ever female tipper driver. The UK logistics industry faces a shortage of circa 50k HGV drivers and it’s vital the sector does more to encourage women into the industry.
Becoming a lorry driver was something that Emily has always dreamt about doing and following in her father’s footsteps, “Before I became a lorry driver I was a waitress at a high-end restaurant and made to serve tables, carry food and even make their drinks, the reason I wanted to become a lorry driver is because my dad has always done it and he inspires me every day ever since I was a little girl. When I was younger I always wanted to be in his truck and drive around with him so when the apprenticeship came into place I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have a go at my dream job,” Emily said.
“I have never been nominated for anything like this before so when I found out that I had been I was really shocked but warmed at the same time by the thought of bosses thought I’d deserved to be nominated for it,” continues Emily.
Emily passed her HGV test first time and she has flourished and grown in both confidence and skill set to become a safe and proficient driver of heavy trucks. She has become an asset to the team and is seen as a role model for future potential applicants.
“I am now a fully qualified class two HGV driver and my day to day job consists of me loading up with either tarmac or aggregates and taking them to a specific location or customer, sometimes these types of jobs can take up to 20 minutes or sometimes even 6 hours depending on the job situation,” said Emily. In such a male dominated industry with an average age of 50 years, it is so great to see a female who is succeeding within the sector.
“The most rewarding part of my job is seeing people’s reaction when I turn up to a job and they can see that I can do my job well, what I love about my job is that I came into an industry and can do the job just as good as anyone else,” continued Emily.
If we are going to tackle this industry growing crisis and recruit and train the skilled drivers we need for the future, its key we promote trailblazers like Emily to encourage more women into the industry. Emily is excited for the upcoming awards and knows everyone in the category is deserving of the win. “Everyone that has been nominated for it deserves it, but I thrive on the thought of making my dad and my peers proud of me,” Emily said.
System Group look forward to inviting more candidates like Emily to work with them in this industry to give them the training they need to succeed. System Group wish Emily the best of luck at the Talent in Logistics awards conference at the Telford International centre, which celebrate professionals at all levels and reward people inspiring the next generation of logistics and transport talent, she has been truly deserving of her place.