Blakemore driver apprentices achieve HGV status in record time

Callum McCombs, 21, and Jamie Daniels, 22, gained their Class 2 HGV driving licences over the course of just three weeks in May and June as part of Blakemore Foodservice’s driving apprenticeship scheme.

Both young men embarked on a 12-month HGV driving apprenticeship scheme based at Blakemore’s James Bridge depot in March this year.  The apprenticeship scheme is run by West Midlands training provider GTG Training.
Blakemore Foodservice operations director Andy Grinsell said: “I would like to congratulate Callum and Jamie on this outstanding achievement.  They should both be very proud of gaining their licences in a record three weeks, with candidates often taking up to three months to pass their test.”
Both Callum and Jamie now have permanent positions with Blakemore Foodservice as Class 2 drivers and will be continuing with their apprenticeships until they complete their NVQs in spring next year.
Callum said: “Our time at Blakemore’s has been quite an experience.  Everyone we have worked with has been friendly, always offering advice on how they do their jobs personally. Every driver has their own way and style of delivering, which gave us an advantage when it became our turn to carry out deliveries.”
Jamie added: “Gaining our HGV Class 2 licences has really given us a good motivational boost.  Since passing our Class 2 we’ve been out on our own runs, which has taken a bit of getting used to, but we now feel confident to be out on our own. We would like to thank AF Blakemore for giving us the training and opportunity to gain our Class 2 licences.”
Once Callum and Jamie have completed their apprenticeships, they will be able to take advantage of further career development opportunities on offer to Class 2 drivers across AF Blakemore.  Both will be given the opportunity to obtain their HGV Class 1 licences as and when Class 1 drivers are required by the business.
 Grinsell added: “It is important to us that we invest in our workforce and develop capabilities within the business.  We want to retain talent and provide colleagues with a career in distribution, which will in turn allow our business to grow and meet the needs of our customers.”
Blakemore also runs a Warehouse to Wheels driver training programme, launched in 2008, which provides warehouse employees with the opportunity to train as LGV drivers.
Pictured above are Callum McCombs (left), former Blakemore Foodservice transport manager Damon Andrews (who has now left the business) and Jamie Daniels (right)

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